It's probably no coincidence that Rome was burned down about the same time that Aristobulus III (Tigranes II of Armenia) died. Still, I find it hard to imagine that Eastern royals would submit to the Roman custom of cremation. In pharaonic times, burning of the body represented the second and final death after which immortality could not be achieved. For a prince or king's mummy to be burned was the worse possible fate. Eastern royals also had a hard time with Roman monogomous marriage, but found ways around that. So, surely they had the body of a surrogate burned in order to satisfy local expectations.
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