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Parthia pitched battles; in consequence of which he lost all the horse to garrison the places he had reduced ; and put- Parthia

countries conquered by his father, and was reduced ting his army into winter quarters in Syria, gave
within the limits of the ancient Parthian kingdom. hinself wholly up to his favourite passion of amassing
Antiochus did not, however, long enjoy his good for money.
tune ; for his army, on account of their number, a Early in the spring, the Roman general drew his
mounting to no fewer than 400,000, being obliged to forces out of their winter quarters, in order to pursuc
separate to such distances as prevented them, in case of the war with vigour ; but, during the winter, Orodes
any sudden attack, from joining together, the inhabi had collected a very numerous army, and was well
tants, whom they had most cruelly oppressed, taking ad- prepared to oppose him. Before be entered upon ac-
vantage of this separation, conspired with the Parthians tion, however, the Parthian monarch sent ambassadors
to destroy them. This was accordingly executed; and to Crassus, in order to expostulate with him on his in-
the vast army of Antiochus, with the monarch himself, justice in attacking an ally of the Roman empire; but
were slaughtered in one day, scarcely a single person Crassus, without attending to what they said, only re-
escaping to carry the news to Syria. Phrahates, elated turned for answer, that “ they should have bis answer
with this success, proposed to invade Syria ; but in the at Seleucia."
mean time, happening to quarrel with the Scythians, Orodes, fiuding that a war was unavoidable, di-
lie was by them cut off with his whole

army,

vided his army into two bodies. One he commandsucceeded by his uncle Artabanus.

ed in person, and marched toward Armenia, in order The new king enjoyed his dignity but a very sbort to oppose the king of that country, who had raised a tim:, being, a few days after his accession, killed in considerable army to assist the Romans. The other be another battle with the Scythians. He was succeeded sent into Mesopotamia, under the command of Surena

by Pacorus I. who entered into an alliance with the or Surenas, a most experienced general, by whose conAlliance Romans ; and he by Phrabates III. This monarch duct all the cities which Crassus had reduced were concluded took under his protection Tigranes the son of Ti- quickly retaken. On this some Roman soldiers who with the granes the Great, king of Armenia, gave him bis made their escape, and fled to the camp of Crassus,

His soldid Romans.

dishearter daughter in marriage, and invaded the kingdom with filled the mind of his army with terror at tbe accounts a design to place the son on the throne of Armenia; of the number, power, and strength, of the enemy. but on the approach of Pompey he thought proper to They told their fellow soldiers, that the Parthians retire, and soon after solemnly renewed the treaty with were very numerous, brave, and well disciplined; that the Romans.

it was impossible to overtake them when they fed, or Phraates was murdered by his children Mithri escape them when they pursued ; tbat their defensive dates and Orodes; and soon after the former was put to weapons were proof against the Roman darts, and their death by his brother, who thus became sole master of offensive weapons so sharp, that no buckler could rethe Parthian empire. In his reign happened the me sist them, &c. Crassus looked upon all this only as

morable war with the Romans under Crassus. This the effect of cowardice : but the common soldiers, and 7 was occasioned not by any breach of treaty on the side even many of the chief officers, were so disheartened, Crassus resolves on a of the Parthians, but through the shameful avarice of that Cassius, the same who afterwards conspired against

The whole Roman empire at that time had Cæsar, and most of the legionary tribunes, advised Crasthe Par been divided between Cæsar, Pompey, and Crassus ; sus to suspend his march, and consider better of the enthians.

and by virtue of that partition, the eastern provinces terprise before he proceeded farther in it. But Crassus
had fallen to the lot of Crassus. No sooner was he in- obstinately persisted in his former resolution, being en-
vested with this dignity, than he resolved to carry the couraged by the arrival of Artabazus king of Armenia,
war into Parthia, in order to enrich himself with the who brought with him 6000 horse, and promised to send
spoils of that people, who were then looked upon to 10,000 cuirassiers and 30,-00 foot, whenever he should
be very wealthy. Some of the tribunes opposed him, stand in need of them. At the same time, he advised
as the Parthians bad religiously observed the treaty; him by no means to march his army throngh the plains
but Crassus having, by the assistance of Pompey, car of Mesopotamia, but to take his route over the moun-
ried every thing before him, left Rome in the year 55 tains of Armenia. He told him, that as Armenia was
B. C. and pursued his march to Brundusium, where he a mountainous country, the enemy's cavalry, in which
immediately embarked his troops, though the wind their main strength consisted, would there be entirely
blew very high; and after a difficult passage, where nseless; and besides, his army would there be plenti.

he lost many of his ships, be reached the ports of Ga- fully supplied with all manner of necessaries : whereas,
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if he marched by the way of Mesopotamia, he would Plunders From Galatia Crassus hastened to Syria, and passing be perpetually harassed by the Parthian horse, and frethe temple through Judea, plundered the temple at Jerusalem in bis quently be obliged to lead his army through sandy deat Jerusa

way.

He then marched with as great expedition as he serts, where he would be distressed for want of water, len.

could to the river Euphrates, which he crossed on a and all otber provisions. This salutary advice, how-
bridge of boats : and, entering the Parthian dominions, ever, was rejected, and Crassus entered Mesopotamia
began hostilities. As the enemy had not expected an with an army of about 40,000 men.
invasion, they were quite unprepared for resistance; and The Romans had no sooner crossed the Euphrates,
therefore Crassus overran all Mesopotamia ; and if he than Cassius advised his general to advance to some of
had taken advantage of the consternation which the those towns in which the garrisons yet remained, in or.
Parthians were in, might have also reduced Baby- der to halt and refresh his troops : or if he did not choose
tonia. But instead of this, early in the autumn, he re to follow this advice, he said that his best way would
passed the Euphrates, leaving only 7000 foot and 1000 be to march along the banks of the Euphrates to Seleu-

war with Crassus.

Parthia. cia; as by this method he would prevent the Parthians commanded in the centre, his son in the left wing, and Parthia.

from surrounding him, at the same time he would be Cassius in the right. 1

plentifully supplied with provisions from his ships. Of In this order they advanced to the banks of a small Betrayed

this advice Crassus seemed to approve ; but was dis- river called the Balissus, the sight of which was very
by Abges
rus king of suaded by Abgarus king of Edessa, whom the Romans pleasing to the soldiers, who were much harassed with
Edessa, took for an ally, but who was in reality a traitor sent drought and excessive heat. Most of the officers were

by Surenas to bring about the destruction of the Roman for encamping on the banks of this river, or rather rivu-
army.

let, to give the troops time to refresh themselves after
Under the conduct of this faithless guide, the Ro. the fatigues of so long and painful a march; and, in the
mans entered a vast green plain divided by many riva mean time to procure certain intelligence of the num-
lets. Their march proved very easy through this fine ber and disposition of the Parthian army; but Crassus,
country; but the farther they advanced, the worse the suffering himself to be hurried on by the inconsiderato
roads became, insomuch that they were at last obliged ardour of his son, and the horse he commanded, only
to climb up rocky mountains, which brought them allowed the legions to take a meal standing; and before
to a dry and sandy plain, where they could neither this could be done by all, he ordered them to advance,
find food to satisfy their hunger, nor water to quench not slowly, and halting now and then, after the Roman
their thirst. Abgarus then began to be suspected by manner, but as fast as they could move, till they came
the tribunes and other officers, who earnestly entreated in sight of the enemy, who, contrary to their expcta-
Crassus not to follow him any longer, but to retreat to tion, did not appear either so numerous or so terrible
the mountains ; at the same time an express arrived as they had been represented; but this was a stratagem
from Artabazus, acquainting the Roman general that of Surenas, who had concealed bis men in convenient
Orodes had invaded his dominions with a great army, places, ordering them to cover their arms, lest their
and that he was obliged to keep his troops at home, brightness should betray them, and, starting up at the
in order to defend his own dominions. The same mes first signal, to attack the enemy on all sides. The stra- The balt'e
senger advised Crassus in his master's name to avoid tagem had the desired effect; for Surenas no sooner gave of Ciriha
by all means the barren plains, where his army

would the signal, than the Parthians, rising as it were out of
certainly perish with hunger and fatigue, and by all the ground, with dreadful cries, and a 'most frightful
means to approach Armenia, that they might join their noise, advanced against the Romans, who were greatiy
forces against the common enemy. But all was to no surprised and dismayed at the sight; and much more so,
parpose; Crassus, instead of hearkening either to the when the Parthians, throwing off the covering of their
advice of the king or his own officers, first flew into a arms, appeared in shining cuirasses, and helmets of bur.
violent passion with the messengers of Artabazus, and nished steel, finely mounted on horses covered all over
then told his troops, that they were not to expect the with armour of the same metal. At their head appear-
delights of Campania in the most remote parts of the ed young Surenas in a rich dress, who was the first who
world.

charged the enemy, endeavouring, with bis pikemen, to
Thus they continued their march for some days across break through the first ranks of the Roman army; but
a desert, the very sight of which was sufficient to throw finding it too close and impenetrable, the cohorts sup-
them into the utmost despair : for they could not per- porting each other, he fell back, and retired in a seen-
ceive, either near them or at a distance, the least tree, ing confusion : but the Romans were much surprised
plant, or brook, not so much as a hill, or a single blade when they saw themselves suddenly surrounded on all
of grass; nothing was to be seen all around them but sides, and galled with continual showers of arrows.
huge heaps of burning sand. The Romans bad scarcely Crassus ordered his light-armed foot and archers to ad-
got through this desert, when word was brought them vance, and charge the enemy; but they were soon re-
by their scouts, that a numerous army of Parthians was pulsed, and forced to cover themselves behind the heavy-
advancing full march to attack them; for Abgarus, un armed foot. Then the Parthian horse, advanced near
der pretence of going out on parties, bad often conferred the Romans, discharged showers of arrows upon them,
with Surenas, and concerted measures with him for de every one of which did execution, the legionaries being
stroying the Roman army. Upon this advice, which drawn up in such close order, that it was impossible for
occasioned great confusion in the camp, the Romans be the enemy to miss their aim. As their arrows were of
ing quite exhausted, and tired out with their long and an extraordinary weight, and discharged with incredible
troublesome march, Crassus drew up his men in baitalia, force and impetuosity, nothing was proof against then.
following at first the advice of Cassius, who was for ex The two wings advanced in good order to re pulse them,
tending the infantry as wide as possible, that they might but to no effect; for the Parthians shot their arrows
take up the more ground, and by that means prevent with as great dexterity when their backs were turned,
the enemy from surrounding tbem : but Abgarus assur as when they faced the enemy; so that the Romans,
ing the proconsul that the Parthian forces were not so whether they kept their ground, or pursued the fly-
numerous as was represented, he changed this disposition, ing enemy, were equally annoyed with their fatal ar-
and believing only the man who betrayed bim, drew up
his troops in a square, which faced every way, and had The Romans, as long as they had any hopes that the
on each side 12 cohorts in front. Near each cohort Parthians, after having spent their arrows, would either
be placed a troop of horse to support them, that they betake themselves to fight, or engage them band to
Inight charge with the greater security and boldness. band, stood their ground with great resolution and intre-
Thus the whole army looked more like one phalanx pidity; but when they observed that there were a great
than troops drawn up in manipuli, with spaces between many camels in their rear loaded with arrows, and that
them, after the Roman manner. The general bimself those who emptied their quivers wheeled about to fill

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Parthia. them anew, they began to lose courage, and loudly to sooner joined, than the Parthians invested then anew, Part

complain of their general for suffering them thus to making a most dreadful bavock of them with their ar-
stand still, and serve only as a butt to the enemy's ar rows. In this desperate condition, Crassus, spying a
rows, which, they well saw, would not be exhausted rising ground at a small distance, led the remains of his
till they were all killed to a man. Hereupon Crassus detachment thither, with a design to defend himself in
ordered his son to advance, at all adventures, and at the best manner he could, till succours should be sent
tack the enemy with 1300 horse, 500 archers, and 8 him from his father. The Parthians pursued him; and
cohorts. But the Parthians no sooner saw this choice having surrounded him in his new post, continued
body (for it was the flower of the army) marching up showering arrows upon his men, till most of them were
against them, than they wheeled about, and betook either killed or disabled, without being able to make
themselves, according to their custom to flight. Here use of their arms, or give the enemy proofs of their
upon young Crassus, crying out as loud as he could, valour.
They fly before us, pushed on full speed after them, not Young Crassus had two Greeks with bim, who bad
doubting but he should gain a complete victory; but settled in the city of Carrhæ. These, touched with
when he was at a great distance from the main body of compassion, at seeing so brave a man reduced to such
the Roman army, he perceived his mistake ; for those straits, pressed him to retire with them to the neigh-
who before had fled, facing about, charged him with bouring city of Ischines, which had declared for the
incredible fury. Young Crassus ordered his troops to Romans ; ' but the young Roman rejected their pro-
halt, hoping that the enemy, upon seeing their small posal with indignation, telling them, that he would ra-
number, would not be afraid to come to a close fight : ther die a thousand times than abandon so many valiant
but herein he was likewise greatly disappointed; for the men, who sacrificed their lives for bis sake. Having
Parthians, contenting themselves to oppose his front returned this answer to his two Greek friends, be em-
with their heavy-armed horse, surrounded him on all braced and dismissed them, giving them leave to re-
sides; and, keeping at a distance; discharged incessant tire and shift for themselves in the best manner they
showers of arrows upon the unfortunate Romans, thus could. As for bimself, having now lost all hopes of
surrounded and pent up. The Parthian army, in wheel being relieved, and seeing most of his men and friends

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ing about, raised so thick a dust, that the Romans could killed round him, he gave way to his grief; and, not The dea
scarce see one another, much less the enemy : never being able to make use of his arm, which was shot of young
theless, they found themselves wounded with arrows, through with a large barbed arrow, he presented his Crassus.
though they could not perceive whence they came. In side to one of his attendants, and ordered him to put
a short time the place where they stood was all strown an end to his unhappy life. His example was fol-
with dead bodies.

lowed by Censorius a senator, by Megabacchus an Extreme Some of the unhappy Romans finding their entrails experienced and brave officer, and by 'most of the nodistress of

torn, and many overcome by the exquisite torments they bility who served under him. Five hundred comthe Ro.

suffered, rolled themselves in the sand with the arrows in mon soldiers were taken prisoners, and the rest cut in
their bodies, and expired in that manner.

Others en pieces.
deavouring to tear out by force the bearded points of the The Parthians, having thus cut off or taken the whole
arrows, only made the wounds the larger, and increased detachment commanded by young Crassus, marched
their pain. Most of them died in this manner; and without delay against his father, who, upon the first ad-
those who outlived their companions were no more in a vice that the enemy fled before his son, and were closely
condition to act ; for when young Crassus exhorted pursued by bim, had taken heart, the more because those
them to march up to the enemy, some showed him tbeir who had remained to make head against him seemed to
wounded bodies, others their hands nailed to their abate much of their ardour, the greatest part of them hav-
bucklers, and some their feet pierced through and pin ing marched with the rest against his son. Wherefore,
ned to the ground; so that it was equally impossible for having encouraged his troops, he had retired to a small bili
them either to attack the enemy or defend themselves. in bis rear, to wait there till bis son returned from the
The young commander, therefore, leaving liis infantry pursuit. Young Crassus had despatched frequent ex-

mercy of the enemy, advanced at the bead of the presses to bis father, to acquaint him with the danger he
cavalry against their heavy-armed horse. The thousand was in ; but they had fallen into the enemy's hands, and
Gauls whom he had brought with him from the west, been by them put to the sword : only the last, who had
charged the enemy with incredible boldness and vigour; escaped with great difficulty, arrived safe, and inform-
but their lances did little execution on men armed with ed him that his son was lost if he did not send him an
cuirasses, and horses covered with tried armour : how immediate and powerful reinforcement.

This news ever, they behaved with great resolution ; for some of threw Crassus into the utmost consternation ; a thousand them taking hold of the enemy's spears, and closing affecting thoughts rose in his mind, and disturbed his with them, thre'y them off their horses on the ground, reason to such a degree, that he scarce knew what be where they lay without being able to stir, by reason of was doing. However, the desire he had of saving his the great weight of their armour; others, dismounting, son, and so many brave Romans who were under his crept under the enemy's horses, and thrusting their command, made him immediately decamp, and march swords into their bellies, made them throw their riders. to their assistance; but he was not gone far before he Thus the brave Gauls fought, though greatly harassed was met by the Parthians, who, with loud shouts, and with heat and thirst, which they were not accustomed songs of victory, gave, at a distance, the unhappy father to bear, till most of their horses were killed, and their notice of his misfortune. They had cut off young

Crascommander dangerously wounded. They then thought sus's head, and, having fixed it on the point of a lance, it adviseable to retire to their infantry, which they no were advancing full speed to fall on the father. As they

drew

mans.

to the

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Parthia. drew near, Crassus was struck with that dismal and af- wisely conjecturing, from the manner in which the Parthia.

- fecting sight; but on this occasion, behaved like a hero: unknown person had given him the intelligence, that

for though he was under the deepest concern, he had some misfortune bad befallen Crassus, immediately or-
the presence of mind to stifle his grief, for fear of dis dered his garrison to stand to their arms; and, march-
couraging the army, and to cry out to the dismayed ing out, met Crassus, and conducted him and his army
troops, « This misfortune is entirely mine ; the loss of into the city: for the Parthians, though informed of
one man cannot affect the victory : Let us charge, let his flight, did not offer to pursue him, observing there-
us fight like Romans : if you have any compassion for a in the superstitious custom which obtained among them
father who has just now lost a son whose valour you ad- and the Persians, not to fight in the night; but when
mired, let it appear in your rage and resentment against it was day, they entered the Roman camp, and having
these insulting barbarians.” Thus Crassus strove to re put all the wounded, to the number of 4000, to the
avimate his troops ; but his efforts were unsuccessful: sword, dispersed their cavalry all over the plain, in pur.
their courage was quite sunk, as appeared from the faint suit of the fugitives. One of Crassus's lieutenants,
and languishing shout which they raised, according to named Vargunteius, having separated in the night from
custom, before the action. Wben the signal was given, the main body of the army, with four cohorts, missed
the Parthians, keeping to their old way of fighting, dis: his way, and was overtaken by the enemy; at whose
charged clouds of arrows on the legionaries, without approach he withdrew to a neighbouring bill, where he
drawing near them; which did such dreadful execution, defended hinselt, with great valour, till all bis men
that many of the Romans, to avoid the arrows, which were killed, except 20, who made their way through
occasioned a long and painful death, threw themselves, the enemy, sword in hand, and got safe to Carrhæ : but
like men in despair, on the enemy's beavy-armed-horse, Vargunteius himself lost his life on the occasion.
seeking from their spears a more quick and easy kind of In the mean time. Surenas, not knowing whether Surenas
death. Thus the Parthians continued plying them ip Crassus and Cassius had retired to Carrbæ, or chosen a pretends
cessantly with their arrows till night, when they left different route; in order to be informed of the truth, with Cras
the field of battle, crying out, that they would allow and take his measures accordingly, despatcbed a messen-sus.

the father one night to lament the death of his son. ger, who spoke the Roman language, to the city of Car-
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Distress of This was a melancholy night for the Romans. Cras rbæ, enjoining him to approach the walls, and acquaint
Crassus, sus kept himself concealed from the soldiery, lying not Crassus bimself, or Cassius, that the Parthian general was

in the general's tent, but in the open air, and on the inclined to enter into a treaty with them, and demanded
bare ground, with his head wrapped up in his paluda a conference. Both the proconsul and his quæstor Cas-
mentum or military cloak; and was, in that forlorn sius spoke from the walls with the messenger; and, ac-
condition, says Plutarch, a great example to the vulgar, cepting the proposal with great joy, desired that the
of the instability of fortune ; to the wise, a still greater time and place for an interview might be immediately
of tbe pernicious effects of avarice, temerity, and anubi. agreed upon. The messenger withdrew, promising to
tion: Octavius, one of his lieutenants, and Cassius, ap return quickly with an answer from Surenas : but that
proached him, and endeavoured to raise him up and general no sooner understood that Crassus and Cassius
console him: but, seeing him quite sunk under the were in Carrhæ, than he marched thither with his whole
weight of his aflliction, and deaf to all comfort, they army; and, having invested the place, acquainted the
summoned a council of war, composed of all the chief Romans, that if they expected any favourable terms,
officers; wherein it was unanimously resolved, that they they must deliver up Crassus and Cassius to him in
should decamp before break of day, and retire, without chains. Hereupon a council of the chief officers being
sound of trumpet, to the neighbouring city of Carrbæ, summoned, it was thought expedient to retire from Car-
which was held by a Roman garrison. Agreeable to rlıæ that very night, and seek for another asylum. It
this resolution, they began their march as soon as the was of the utmost importance that none of the inhabi-
council broke up; which produced dreadful outcries tants of Carrbæ should be acquainted with their design
among the sick and wounded, who, perceiving that they till the time of its execution ; but Crassus, whose whole
were to be abandoned to the mercy of the enemy, filled conduct evidently shows that he was blinded, as Dio
the camp with their complaints and lamentations : but Cassius observes, by some divinity, imparted the whole
their cries and tears, though very affecting, did not stop matter in confidence to one Andromachus, choosing him
the march of the others, which, indeed, was very slow, for his guide, and relying injudiciously on the fidelity of
to give the stragglers time to come up. There were a man whom he scarce knew. Andromachus immedi-
only 300 light horse, under the command of one ately acquainted Surenas with the design of the Romans;
Ægnatius, who pursued their march without stopping.. promising at the same time, as the Parthians did not
These arriving at Carrhæ about midnight, Egnatius, engage in the night, to manage matters so, that they
calling to the centinels on the walls, desired them to should not get out of his reach before daybreak. Pur:
acquaint Coponius, the governor of the place, that suant to his promise, he led them through many wind-
Crassus had fought a great battle with the Parthians; ings and turnings, till he brought them into deep:
and, without saying a word more, or letting him know marshy grounds where the infantry were up to the
who he was, continued his march with all possible expe knees in mire. Then Cassius, suspecting that their
dition to the bridge of Zeugma; which he passed, and guide had led them into those bogs with no good de-
by that means saved his troops, but was much blamed sign, refused to follow him any longer; and returning
for thus abandoning his general.

to Carrha, took his route towards Syria, which he
The message which he sent to Coponius was of some reached with 500 horse. Octavius, with 5000 men
temporary service to Crassus. For that commander, under his command, being conducted by trusty guides,

gained

Parthin. gained the mountains called by Plutarch and Appian when he least expected it. The Parthian general, per- Parthi:

Sinnaci, and there intrenched himself before break of ceiving, as he approached Crassus, that he was on foot,
day.

cried out, in a seeming surprise, “ What do I sce? a
As for Crassus, lie was still entangled in the marshes, Roman general on foot, and we on horseback! Let a
when Surenas, at the rising of the sun, overtook him, horse be brought for him immediately.” “ You need not
and invested bim with his cavalry. The proconsul bad be surprised (replied Crassus): we are come only to an
with bim four cohorts, and a small body of horse; and interview, each after tbe custom of his country.” “Very
with these he gained, in spite of all opposition, the sum- well (answered Surenas), there shall be benceforth a
mit of another hill within 12 furlongs of Octavius; who lasting peace between King Orodes and the people of
seeing the danger that threatened his general, flew to his Rome : but we must sign the articles of it on the banks
assistance, first with a small number of his men, but of the Euphrates; for you Romans do not always re-
was soon followed by all the rest, who, being ashamed member your conventions.” Crassus would have sent
of their cowardice, quitted their post, though very safe, for a horse ; but a very stately one with a golden bit,
and charging the Parthians with great fury, disengaged and richly caparisoned, was brought to him by a Parthian ;
Crassus, and obliged the enemy to abandon the hill. which Surenas presenting to him, "Accept this horse
Upon the retreat of the enemy, they formed themselves from my bands (said lie), which I give you in the name
into a hollow square ; and placing Crassus in the mid of my master King Orodes." He had scarce uttered
dle, made a kind of rampart round him with their buck. these words, wben some of the king's officers, taking
lers, resolutely protesting, that none of the enemy's ar. Crassus by the middle, set him upon the horse, which
rows should touch their general's body, till they were they began to whip with great violence before them in
all killed fighting in his defence. Surenas, loth to let order to make him qnicken his pace. Octavius, of-
so fine a prey escape, surrounded the bill, as if be de fended at this insult, took the horse by the bridle ; Pe.
signed to make a new attack : but, finding his Parthi tronius and the few Romans who were present, second-
ans very backward, and not doubting but the Romans, ed him, and flocking all round Crassus, stopped his
when night came on, would pursue their march, and get horse. The Parthians endeavoured to re pulse them, and
out of his reach, he had recourse again to artifice; and clear the way for the proconsul; whereupon they began
declared before some prisoners, whom he soon after set to justle and push one another with great tumult and
at liberty, that he was inclined to treat with the pro disorder. At last, Octavius, drawing his sword, killed
consul of a peace ; and that it was better to come to a one of the king's grooms; but, at the same time, another
reconciliation with Rome, than to sow the seeds of an coming behind Octavius, with one blow laid him dead
eternal war, by shedding the blood of one of her generals. at his feet. Both parties fought with great resolution,

Agreeable to this declaration, Surenas, as soon as the the Parthians striving to carry off Crassus, and the Roprisoners were released, advanced towards the hill where mans to rescue him out of their hands. In this scuffle the Romans were posted, attended only by some of his most of the Romans who came to the conference were

Crassus officers, and, with his bow unbent, and open arms, in- killed; and amongst the rest Crassus himself; but whe

killed. vited Crassus to an interview. So sudden a change ther by a Roman or a Parthian is uncertain. seemed very suspicious to the proconsul ; who therefore Upon his death, the rest of the army either surrenderdeclined the interview, till he was forced, by his own ed to the enemy, or dispersing in the night, were pursoldiers, to intrust his life with an enemy whose treach- sued, and put to the sword. The Romans lost in this ery they had all experienced ; for the legionaries flock- campaign at least 30,000 men; of wbich 20,000 were ing round him, not only abused him in an outrageous killed, and 10,000 taken prisoners. manner, but even menaced bim if he did not accept of the When the battle of Carrhæ was fought, King Orodes proposals made him by the Parthian general. Seeing, was in Armenia, where he had made peace with Artatherefore, that his troops were ready to mutiny, he be bazus. While the two kings were solemnizing their gan to advance, without arms or guards, towards the new alliance with expensive and public feasts, Styllaces enemy, after having called the gods and his officers to or Syllaces, a Parthian officer, whom Surenas had sent witness the violence his troops offered him; and intreat with the news of his late victory, and the head of Crased all wbo were present, but especially Octavius and sus as a proof it, arrived in the capital of Armenia. Petronius, two of the chief commanders, for the honour The transports of joy which Orodes felt at this sight, of Rome their common mother, not to mention, after and these news, are not to be expressed; and the lords his death, the shameful bebaviour of the Roman legion- of both kingdoms, who attended their sovereigns, raised aries. Octavius and Petronius could not resolve to let loud and repeated shouts of joy. Syllaces was ordered him go alone ; but attended him down the hill, as did to give a more particular and distinct account of that likewise some legionaries, keeping at a distance. Cras memorable action ; which when he had done, Orodes gus was met at the foot of the bill by two Greeks who, commanded melted gold to be poured into Crassus's dismounting from their horses, saluted him with great mouth; reproaching him thereby with avarice, which respect ; and desired him in the Greek tongue, to send bad been always his predominant passion. some of his attendants, who might satisfy him that Sure Surenas did not long enjoy the pleasure of his victory : Surenus po! nas, and those wbo were with him, came without arms. for Orodes, jealous of bis power and authority among to deuth by Hereupon Crassus sent two brothers, of the Roscian the Parthians, soon after caused bim to be put to death. Osodes. family; but Surenas having caused them to be seized, Pacorus, the king's favourite son was put at the head advanced to the foot of the hill, mounted on a fine horse, of the army; and, agreeably to his father's directions, and attended by the chief officers of his army. Crassus, invaded Syria : but he was driven out from thence with who waited for the return of bis trvo messengers, was great loss by Cicero and Cassius, the only general who surprised to see himself prevented by Surenas in person, survived the defeat of Crassus. After this we find no 5

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