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Syria Reference library
...Tripolis, Sidon, and Ashkelon became free cities directed by their own boules. [See Ashkelon .] The Decapolis also was founded at this time. [See Decapolis .] The names of more than one hundred Roman governors of Syria are now known. In order, the first three were Aemilius Scaurus ; A. Gabinus ( 57 bce ), who had broad administrative and military power; and Crassus, the very rich triumvir who was defeated by the Parthians at Carrhes ( 35 bce ). Pompey, some years earlier, had reorganized the fortifications on the Euphrates to protect the eastern...