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State Correspondence in the Ancient WorldFrom New Kingdom Egypt to the Roman Empire$
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Karen Radner

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199354771

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354771.001.0001

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State Communications in the Persian Empire

State Communications in the Persian Empire

(p.112) Chapter 5 State Communications in the Persian Empire
State Correspondence in the Ancient World

Amélie Kuhrt

Oxford University Press

The sources for state communication in the Persian Empire (c. 550–330 BC) are varied and informative but actual correspondence is scarce. This chapter discusses the primary sources, including the most recent finds from Bactria, and analyzes the role of state communications in holding together the Empire’s diverse and vast territories.

Keywords:   Relay postal service, State cohesion, State communication, Long-distance communication, Messenger, Envoy, Papyrus, Aramaic, Persian Empire, Iran

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