By Jens Nieling, Ellen Rehm
For two hundred years, from the second one half the 6th century to the many years earlier than 330 BC, the Persian dynasty of the Achaemenids governed a major 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 if they failed, components of Thrace did develop into a part of their dominion for a quick interval. The query consistently rises as to why the good Kings have been drawn to the western and northern Pontic zones. not like the various 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 recognized international. After 479 BC, it sounds as if the nice Kings stated the truth that the coast and the Caucasus shaped the common borders in their Empire. The satraps, however, couldn't steer clear of turning into occupied with the affairs of the Black Sea sector to be able to defend the frontiers they'd demonstrated. they'd to include the Greeks, as accredited population in their province, into the Persian administrative method. most likely they accomplished this by way of granting them the monopoly in sea alternate and utilizing the Anatolian Greeks because the major lively bearers and transmitters of Persian customs and tradition. extra examine into this bankruptcy of Persian heritage remains to be required.
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