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Schmidl, Martina: Times of Change (?) The King, the Temple and Royal Administration in the Achaemenid Empire according to Epistolographic Sources. Version 01.

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 letters1 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. 

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