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Law and Religion in Achaemenid Iran

Josef Wiesehöfer

in Law and Religion in the Eastern Mediterranean

Published in print October 2013 | ISBN: 9780199550234
Published online January 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191747199 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550234.003.0003
Law and Religion in Achaemenid Iran

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This chapter examines religious and legal discourse in Achaemenid Iran. It focuses on two aspects of the Achaemenid period. The first is the characteristics of law, defined by the ruler, and justice, as determined by the ruler, as well as those virtues required from both ruler and subject to guarantee them. The second is Achaemenid legal practice as theorized by an imperial law, which has been the subject of intensive scholarly analysis and debate for the past decade.

Keywords: Achaemenid Iran; legal discourse; religious discourse; king; justice; legal practice; imperial law

Chapter.  6425 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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