Schmidl, Martina: Close Ties (?) - The King, the Temple and Royal Administration in the Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid Empires According to Epistolographic Sources. Final Version.
Poster Presentation at the 60th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, 21-25 July 2014, Warsaw, Poland.
Abstract: The takeover of the Neo-Babylonian Empire by Persian rulers is widely regarded as a smooth and stable process. This reading of the data can be nuanced by information gleaned from official letters from the Eanna and Ebabbar archives. A comparison of the evidence for the two periods shows that the variety of topics the king is involved in drops noticeably (as does the number of letters dealing with or referring to him). Even when factoring in the satrap’s involvement, the difference is undeniable. The overall structure of local government may have remained unchanged, but the very nature of royal domination was altered under Persian rule.