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The Role of the Governor in Persian Imperial Administration

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This chapter investigates the role of the local governor in the Achaemenid Empire through examination of contemporary texts. It begins with an archive of fourth century Aramaic letters from Bactria, present day Afghanistan. The Aramaic of these documents as well as their epistolary style is identical to that utilized in the Aramaic documents from Egypt. The first text is a letter sent from Akhvamazda, the satrap, to Bagavant, the governor. The second document, another letter to Bagavant from his satrap, is in response to a complaint from one Vahya-athru, an overseer on several of the satrap's domains. Included among the copies of the letters sent from Akhvamazda to Bagavant is another long letter in which the satrap reiterates a complaint that he has received from a certain Vahu-vakh?u about Bagavan. Further information on the role of the local governor may be derived from the Mnesimachos Inscription at Sardis.

Keywords:Achaemenid Empire; Akhvamazda; Aramaic letter; Egypt; Mnesimachos Inscription; Persian; satrap



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