- Jan 2014
Not necessarily for the troops, many from the Danubian area. Macrinus’s soldiers are said to have “clamored for a return to their native regions” and IIRC those of Alexander Severus were concerned that Barbarians might invade their homes while they were away.Wars in the east were particularly appealing because a) the east was associated with wealth,
Gordian III lost his life in battle and Philip agreed to the not so favorable treaty (though one scholar detected no territorial change after the treaty of 244). I believe though, that only two armies were destroyed. I don’t think the army of Alexander Severus was destroyed, nor the army of Gordian III, though both were mauled. As for Palmyra, under Odainathus at least, it was an asset to Rome in a dark time.By the 260s one emperor had been killed, another captured, Antioch twice sacked, three armies destroyed, fortresses destroyed, one emperor had agreed to a humiliating treaty, and Palmyra had taken matters into its own hands.
This in fact began as early as 262....there was probably a great desire to redeem past embarrassments.