Achaemenid Impact in the Black Sea: Communication of Powers by Jens Nieling, Ellen Rehm

By Jens Nieling, Ellen Rehm

For 2 hundred years, from the second one 1/2 the 6th century to the many years earlier than 330 BC, the Persian dynasty of the Achaemenids governed a huge empire stretching from the Mediterranean Sea to Afghanistan and India. the nice Kings Dareios I and Xerxes I even attempted to overcome Greece and the northern Black Sea territories. even though they failed, elements of Thrace did turn into a part of their dominion for a quick interval. The query regularly rises as to why the good Kings have been attracted to the western and northern Pontic zones. unlike a few of the different satrapies, similar to Egypt, Phoenicia and Syria, the Black Sea had no wealthy towns or provinces to supply. One attainable resolution could be the need to beat every thing of the identified global. After 479 BC, apparently the nice Kings stated the truth that the coast and the Caucasus shaped the ordinary borders in their Empire. The satraps, however, couldn't stay away from turning into excited about the affairs of the Black Sea quarter with the intention to protect the frontiers they'd proven. that they had to include the Greeks, as approved population in their province, into the Persian administrative process. almost certainly they completed this by way of granting them the monopoly in sea exchange and utilizing the Anatolian Greeks because the major energetic bearers and transmitters of Persian customs and tradition. extra examine into this bankruptcy of Persian historical past continues to be required.

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