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A World History of Ancient Political Thought$
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Antony Black

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199281695

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281695.001.0001

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Iran

Iran

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(p.47) 4 Iran
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A World History of Ancient Political Thought
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Antony Black (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281695.003.0005

The Achaemenid dynasty based its legitimacy on its relationship to the Zoroastrian deity. It saw its functions as the promotion of ‘love of truth’ and agricultural prosperity. They allowed the peoples of their vast empire an unprecedented degree of autonomy, and advertised their religious toleration. Later, the Sasanian dynasty made Zoroastrianism the state religion.

Keywords:   Zoroastrianism, prosperity, toleration

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