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The act opens on a plain in Syria

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The act opens on a plain in Syria. Ventidius, a Roman officer, was sent to fight the Parthians by  Antony at the end of Act II, Scene 3. It is not clear how much time has passed, but in this scene,  Ventidius has returned to Rome, and he describes his victory over the Parthians to Silius, one of his  officers. Ventidius relates how he killed Pacorus, the Parthian king's son in revenge for the death of  Marcus Crassus, a noble Roman, killed by the Parthians in another battle in which Crassus's entire  force was annihilated. Sillus encourages Ventidius to make the most of his victory by returning home  in triumph, but Ventidius refuses, noting that it is better not to appear too successful, lest he shame  his commander, Antony, by comparison. He tells about another officer of Antony's, Sossius, who 
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