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But .. for those who (wisely) do not care to read “Clash of Wills” so far ……
A summary of the story to-date
Maciste is a mercenary general helping a conquered county to fight back against the Parthian empire. A new ambitious Parthian commander has taken women hostages and threatens to kill one a day until the rebel prince Menander surrenders.
Without consulting his prince, Maciste gives himself up .. pretending to be the prince. Done so that Prince Meander can continue the fight. Confident Maciste will find a way to get away.
The Parthian general sees the capture of the “rebel prince” as means to making his fame. He plans on making sure he delivers the rebel to the Parthian emperor. Quickly he moves his invading force back home. The rebel closely guarded.
The Parthian general orders the rebel prince will be treated like all other enemy captives. As slave of the empire. Maciste behaves in manner of an outraged prince. He defies the Parthian general. The stubborn slave gets disciplined. The defiant prince is taught his place.