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date: 28 February 2024

Satraps' Revoltlocked

Satraps' Revoltlocked

  • Simon Hornblower

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Revolts by Persian *satraps against central authority are not rare, esp. in the 4th cent. bce, but the term ‘Satraps' Revolt’ usually refers to the major episode described by *Diodorus (3) (15. 90 ff.), our main source, under 362/1 (but the trouble started earlier). Its scale and historicity have been doubted, and it is true that Persia could and did contain this sort of insurrection; but Diodorus' source surely did not invent the basic fact.

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  • Near East

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