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Districts of the Achaemenid Empire

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Volume of annual tribute per district, in the Achaemenid Empire.[1][2][3]
Volume of annual tribute per district, in the Achaemenid Empire.[1][2][3]

Herodotus divided the Achaemenid Empire into 20 districts for the purpose of tribute payments. The following is a description of the ethnic makeup of the districts and the amount they paid in taxes, translated from Herodotus' Histories.[1][2]

Accounting units

The quantities of silver are given in Babylonian talent (1 Babylonian talent=about 30.3 kg), while the quantities of gold (India only) are given in Euboïc/Euboean talent (1 Euboïc talent=about 26 kg).[2][1] Only the Indians paid in gold, the exchange value of gold to silver being 13 to 1 per unit of weight at the time of Herodotus.[2][1]

order change based on Tomb of Darius the Great inscription (DNe)

Tax Districts

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Herodotus Book III, 89-95
  2. ^ a b c d e Archibald, Zosia; Davies, John K.; Gabrielsen, Vincent (2011). The Economies of Hellenistic Societies, Third to First Centuries BC. Oxford University Press. p. 404. ISBN 9780199587926.
  3. ^ "INDIA  RELATIONS: ACHAEMENID PERIOD – Encyclopaedia Iranica".
  4. ^ И. Дьяконов «История Мидии», стр. 355, 1956

    Сатрапская династия Оронтов сидела при Ахеменидах в восточной Армении (в XVIII сатрапии, земле матиенов-хурритов, саспейров-иберов и алародиев-урартов; однако, как показывает само название, здесь жили уже и армении)…

  5. ^ И. Дьяконов «Закавказье и сопредельные страны в период эллинизма», глава XXIX из «История Востока: Т. 1. Восток в древности». Отв. ред. В. А. Якобсен. — М.: Вост. лит., 1997.
  6. ^ James R. Russell «Zoroastrianism in Armenia», chapter 2 «Armenia from the Median Conquest to the Rise of the Artaxiads». Harvard University Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, 1987.


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