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The Transition of Babylonia from the Neo-Babylonian Empire to Achaemenid Rule

Michael Jursa

in Regime Change in the Ancient Near East and Egypt

Published by British Academy

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263907
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734687 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263907.003.0005

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Transition of Babylonia from the Neo-Babylonian Empire to Achaemenid Rule

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This chapter examines the aftermath of the Persian conquest of Babylonia in the sixth century BCE. It explores the relationship of the Iranian rulers and the indigenous Babylonian urban upper class and analyses the effects of administrative change introduced by the Achaemenid rulers and their officials, especially in the realm of taxation. It suggests that Cyrus the Great and his administration had achieved continuity by securing the cooperation of the traditional Babylonian elite, specifically by honouring the long-standing claims of these families on important offices both in temple and state administration.

Keywords: Babylonia; Persian conquest; Iranian rulers; urban upper class; administrative change; Achaemenid rulers; Cyrus the Great; taxation

Chapter.  10774 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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