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Aramaic documents from ancient Bactria (fourth century BCE.) from the Khalili collections

Author: Joseph Naveh; Shaul Shaked; Nasser D Khalili; Khalili Family Trust,
Publisher: London : The Khalili Family Trust, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Letters and accounts connected with the court of the satrap of Bactria, Akhvamazda, and with his governor, Bagavant ... the first time that parts of the internal correspondence of the administration of Bactria and Sogdiana have come to light. ... This is the fourth century BCE, close to the end of the Achaemenid rule in Iran ... in the north-eastern tip of the empire. ... Some of the items in this collection are  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Catalogs
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Named Person: Achaemenid dynasty; Nasser D Khalili; Achaemenid dynasty; Nasser D Khalili
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Naveh; Shaul Shaked; Nasser D Khalili; Khalili Family Trust,
ISBN: 1874780749 9781874780748
OCLC Number: 818222949
Language Note: Includes texts in Official Aramaic, transcribed in the Hebrew and roman alphabets, with translations, commentaries, foreword, and introduction in English.
Notes: Edition of 48 Aramaic manuscript documents, primarily dated 353-324 BCE, collected by Nasser D. Khalili under the auspices of the Khalili Family Trust. The 30 letters, written on leather, were for the most part written during the reign of Artaxerxes III (353-338 BCE), while most of the 18 wooden tally sticks are dated to the time of Darius III (336-330 BCE).
Includes foreword by Nasser D. Khalili.
Description: xxi, 14-294 pages : color illustrations, color facsimiles, color maps ; 32 cm
Responsibility: edited by Joseph Naveh and Shaul Shaked.

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"Letters and accounts connected with the court of the satrap of Bactria, Akhvamazda, and with his governor, Bagavant ... the first time that parts of the internal correspondence of the administration of Bactria and Sogdiana have come to light. ... This is the fourth century BCE, close to the end of the Achaemenid rule in Iran ... in the north-eastern tip of the empire. ... Some of the items in this collection are written on wooden sticks, the first time that this system of bookkeeping is being discovered anywhere, and they are remarkably well preserved. ... The present book, with the original documents that it contains, gives a picture of everyday life in an important Achaemenian province. It affords a glimpse into ... how a large empire of antiquity was run and how the Persian rule was ultimately replaced by a Greek administration. The notes in this book show the continuity in usage from Achaemenian to Sasanian, and sometimes up to modern times."--Introductory notes, page x, xiv, xx.

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