This post seeks to provide an understanding of the formative events that led to birth of the bad blood between Rome and Parthia, from Parthian’s point of view. It zooms in on the very first contact between the Empires of Rome and Parthian as well as the state of affairs the Parthian Empire was in at the outset of its relations with Rome.
These factors consequently brought Parthia and Rome into conflict in the bloody Battle of Carrhae in 53 BCE. This defining engagement henceforth marked the start of the Romano-Parthian wars, which stretched from 53 BCE to 217 CE. The Roman-Parthian relations offer us a view into a time of diplomacy and war between two empires of distinct cultures and methods of war.
In this video, it can be seen from Parthian’s perspective, that the early development of the Romano-Parthian feud was a product of:
1. The diplomatic contact between Roman magistrate, Sulla, and Parthian King’s envoy, Orobazus.
As well as internal discords, such as Parthian’s preoccupation with
2. political upheavals caused by competing bloodlines, and
3. attempts at secession by various constituent kingdoms, such as Elymais
The build up of these events then subsequently led to the first war between the Parthians and the Romans - the Battle of Carrhae.
HOWEVER, do look out for our very own modern spin to historical events mentioned. (winks)
Regrettably, due to the scarcity of Parthian sources, we are unable to cross reference the events presented by our Roman sources. This was a period of Parthian history stretching from 95 to 55 BCE termed the Parthian Dark Age due to its lack of literary sources. As such, the narrative told in the video is largely dependent on Greek and Roman writers, who perceived the Parthians as barbarians. This attitude naturally prejudiced their accounts, which many times correct themselves through obvious inconsistency.
Also, no humans or animals were harmed in the making of this video :D
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