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Law and Religion in the Eastern MediterraneanFrom Antiquity to Early Islam$
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Anselm C. Hagedorn and Reinhard G. Kratz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199550234

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550234.001.0001

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Law and Religion in Achaemenid Ira n

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(p.40) (p.41) 2 Law and Religion in Achaemenid Iran
Law and Religion in the Eastern Mediterranean

Josef Wiesehöfer

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines religious and legal discourse in Achaemenid Iran. It focuses on two aspects of the Achaemenid period. The first is the characteristics of law, defined by the ruler, and justice, as determined by the ruler, as well as those virtues required from both ruler and subject to guarantee them. The second is Achaemenid legal practice as theorized by an imperial law, which has been the subject of intensive scholarly analysis and debate for the past decade.

Keywords:   Achaemenid Iran, legal discourse, religious discourse, king, justice, legal practice, imperial law

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