With the death of Darius

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With the death of Darius, the Macedonians thought the war was over. The remote  territories had little to offer economically. As the Iranians had been reluctant to  acknowledge a ruler of their own race, they could be expected to be even more resistant  to Alexander's conquest, so that large garrisons would be required to maintain power.  Alexander, however, wanted to continue pressing east, using Bessus as an excuse.  Bessus was still out stirring trouble, as he attempted to raise an army to defend the old  empire. However, discord arose among his own faction, and soon Bessus was ousted  by Spitamenes, who gladly surrendered him to Alexander. Bessus was forced to wear a  wooden collar, the mark of a slave, while Spitamenes was praised by Alexander. Bessus  would later be mutilated, having his nose and ears cut off before being executed. The capture of Bessus, however, did not mean the end of the revolt as Alexander had 
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