Taxation and Administration in the Achaemenid Empire

From 550 to 330 BCE, the Achaemenid empire conquered different regions and united them under the rule of its king. To finance its military expeditions, its administration and its building projects, the empire extracted taxes from the peoples it ruled. But was there a common fiscal system uniting Babylonia, Egypt, Iran, Asia Minor, Bactria, etc., managed by a corps of administrators and agents imposing Achaemenid rules? This workshop will bring together specialists of archeological and written sources from different provinces of the empire to discuss the problems associated with this question and to present the realities of the local peoples living in of the Achaemenid empire.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 25-26-27/10/2018

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Netherlands)


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25th October 2018, room 11A-24

9h – 10h: Introduction

10h – 10h45, Pieter Alkemade (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): “Thoughts on the basis of taxation in the private archives of Early Achaemenid Babylonia”

10h45 – 11h30, Odette Boivin (University of Toronto): “The ilku and related fiscal obligations in sixth century Larsa”.

11h30 – 11h45: Coffee break

11h45 – 12h30, Benjamin Dromard (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): “Taxation and Administration in Late Achaemenid Babylonia”

12h30 – 14h: Lunch, in room 11A-22

14h – 14h45, Olga Popova (Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Science, Moscow):  “Taxation in Neo-Babylonian Ur: the case of the Gallābu family”

14h45 – 15h30, Kristin Kleber (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): “Spending Tax Money: Monumental Building Projects in the Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid Empires”

15h30 – 15h45: Coffee break

15h45 – 16h30, Mark Tamerus (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): TBA

16h30 – 17h15, Wouter Henkelman (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris): “Evidence for land for service in Achaemenid Parsā?”

26th October 2018, room 11A-24

10h – 10h45, Alexander Schütze (Ludwig Maximilian University Munich): “Ganzabara, Upaganzabara and Segan. The Aramaic inscriptions from Arachosia reconsidered”

10h45 – 11h30, Damien Agut (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Nanterre): “The King, the God and the Village: taxes levied on the temples land in Persian Egypt”

11h30 – 11h45: Coffee break

11h45 – 12h30, Christopher Tuplin (University of Liverpool): “Fiscality in the world of Arshama”

12h30 – 14h: Lunch, in room 11A-22

14h – 14h45, Annalisa Azzoni (Vanderbilt University): “Evidence from the Aramaic Documents from Egypt”

14h45 – 15h30, Margaretha Folmer (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Universiteit Leiden): TBA

15h30 – 15h45: Coffee break

15h45 – 16h30, Michail Iliakis (National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens): “From periphery to locality: taxation in Achaemenid Bactria”

27th October 2018, room 11A-24

10h – 10h45, André Lemaire (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris): “Achaemenid Taxation and Administration in Southern Levant (4th c. BCE)”.

10h45 – 11h30, Jason Silverman (University of Helsinki): “Taxes of God and King? Taxation in Persian Period Judaean Materials”

11h30 – 11h45: Coffee break

11h45 – 12h30, Raymond Descat (University of Bordeaux Montaigne): “Taxation in the Achaemenid Empire, a case study: Caria under Mausolus”

12h30 – 14h: Lunch, in room 11A-22

14h – 14h45, Bruno Jacobs (University of Basel): “Wearing a Tiara – Observations on the Attitude of Potentates in Asia Minor towards Persian Rule”

14h45 – 15h30, Pierre Briant (Collège de France): “Les levées fiscales et leurs utilisations dans l’empire achéménide”

15h30 – 16h: Conclusion

Source: Fasticongressuum