Stupid, rash, ill-thought-out. He had acted impulsively .. to forestall his prince, his friend Menander, from being rash himself. Maciste had surrendered to the enemy. Making out to the Parthians that HE was Menander. Offering up £the royal prince” so the women hostages could go free.
Any thought the Parthian general might respect his royal status .. quickly dashed. The idea the enemy might have welcomed the surrender .. the richest prize in exchange for a bunch of innocent women ….. Maciste had that folly made clear to him in a flash. They had the enemy prince captured. Marking the end to the war and the fighting. Grateful? Not THIS general.
Not Tiradates. He’d had his prisoner beaten up. Thrown into chains. He’d had Maciste tortured. For the Parthians all prisoners were slaves. This Tiradates made no exception for an enemy prince. Humiliating the “royal” prisoner with a slave collar.
Harsh. Severe treatment. There would be days of this pitiless regime before Maciste was handed over to the Parthian emperor. He could count on only the worst.