Taxation and Administration in the Achaemenid Empire


This website is part of the project “Paying for All the King’s Horses and All the King’s Men. A Fiscal History of the Achaemenid Empire”. It provides information on the project in general, on the various sub-projects through which we study taxation and administration in the Achaemenid Empire, and the publications that result from our work. It also features brief articles (in English) on a variety of related topics for a broader audience, as well as educational material about the Persian Empire (in Dutch).

Sources for the Study of the Achaemenid Empire

by Pieter Alkemade


The Achaemenid Empire was inhabited by a variety of subjugated peoples that had their own local customs and (scribal) traditions. Hence, the textual material that has been found throughout the empire is diverse in character. This article presents a brief and general introduction into the various sources that inform us about the Achaemenid Empire and how it was organized.


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Vrouwen in het Perzische Rijk

door Cindy Meijer


Het Perzische Rijk was een wereldrijk, dat zich uitstrekte van Libië tot het huidige Afghanistan en zijn grootste omvang bereikte tijdens de regering van koning Darius I (522-485 v. Chr.). Natuurlijk zag het leven van een vrouw in het Perzische Rijk er heel anders uit dan dat van een vrouw vandaag de dag. Ze had andere vooruitzichten en was voor veel zaken afhankelijk van een man. In dit artikel gaan we onderzoeken wie deze dames waren en een aantal aspecten uit hun leven bekijken.


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Archives from the Achaemenid Empire

by Mark Tamerus


In the 1930s archaeological work undertaken at the site of Persepolis, ancient Pārsa, by an expedition of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago led to the discovery of large numbers of written clay tablets and other related objects the significance of which can hardly be underestimated. They have turned out to be indispensible sources of information on the Achaemenid Persian Empire, especially with regard to the administration of the empire’s heartland, but their importance reaches much further than that. This article offers an introduction to these sources.


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