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Old April 17th, 2018, 05:54 AM   #1
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how did Rome lose the territory it got in 117 ad


I remember Rome gaining a territory in 117 ad, but then losing it less than a year later. Did Romans simply not care for the territory, or where they attacked out of it.
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You're thinking of Trajan's conquest of Parthian lands in Mesopotamia and its incorporation into a provinces of the same name. Trajan's successor Hadrian relinquished it. Controlling Mesopotamia without controlling the Iranian highlands is very difficult, as virtually the entire length of the Tigris valley is exposed to the Zagros mountains, and evidently Hadrian felt that garrisoning those mountains was not worth the expense.
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thank you, trivial question but something that buzzes my mind a lot.
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