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Districts of the Achaemenid Empire

Volume of annual tribute per district, in the Achaemenid Empire.[1][2][3]

Herodotus divided the Achaemenid Empire into 20 districts for the purpose of tribute payments. The following is a description of the ethnic makeup of the districts and the amount they paid in taxes, translated from Herodotus' Histories.[1][2]


Accounting unitsEdit

The quantities of silver are given in Babylonian talent (1 Babylonian talent=about 30.3kg), while the quantities of gold (India only) are given in Euboïc/Euboean talent (1 Euboïc talent=about 26kg).[2][1] Only the Indians paid in gold, the exchange value of gold to silver being 13 to 1 per unit of weight at the time of Herodotus.[2][1]

Tax DistrictsEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e Herodotus Book III, 89-95
  2. ^ a b c d e Archibald, Zosia; Davies, John K.; Gabrielsen, Vincent (2011). The Economies of Hellenistic Societies, Third to First Centuries BC. Oxford University Press. p. 404. ISBN 9780199587926.
  3. ^ "INDIA RELATIONS: ACHAEMENID PERIOD – Encyclopaedia Iranica".

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