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Regime Change in the Ancient Near East and EgyptFrom Sargon of Agade to Saddam Hussein$
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Harriet Crawford

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263907

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263907.001.0001

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

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

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(p.73) 5 The Transition of Babylonia from the Neo-Babylonian Empire to Achaemenid Rule
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Regime Change in the Ancient Near East and Egypt
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Michael Jursa

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263907.003.0005

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

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