Syria is a Roman province, annexed to the Roman Republic by Pompey in the Third Mithridatic War, following the defeat of King Tigranes the Great. It is the wealthiest province in the region, with caravan routes reach from the Mediterranean to China, and is the main source of valuable silk for the Empire. It is dusty and mountainous in the north and dusty and hilly in the south. The further east one travels, the rockier and more rural the area becomes. Beyond the coast, travelers must to stick to established trails connecting oasis settlements. Past Palmyra, they find themselves in the Syrian Desert, at the mercy of Parthian raiders and foul sand dwellers.
Syria is the source of Mithraism.
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