I know that ruling a large empire was a difficult task. But how did Darius organize the administration of the realm? Would you like or dislike being a Persian subject??
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I considered the scriptural account of King Darius in The Book of Daniel, specifically in chapter 6:1-5.
"Daniel in the Den of Lions
by the order of King Darius
It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. Finally these men said, "We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God." (http://www.farsinet.com/iranbibl/daniel6_1_8.html).
SInce it was apparent that the kingdom was in distress over the revolt and assassination of King Belshazzar (Daniel 5:30), the newly heretically appointed King Darius was set to re-organize the kingdom's 20 providences though the administration of laws. The satraps (Persian governors) were appointed to rule over their providences with their local laws and to pay a tribute of gold and silver to the king. The king appointed 3 'administrators' over the satraps and set Daniel, an elder consistent in his virtues and prudence, over the administrators (Daniel 5:10-13).
This was an interestingly radical move since Daniel was a foreigner and just recently awarded by King Belshazzar for interpreting a appearance of a hand scripting a message on a wall in his "great banquet among thousands of nobles" (Daniel 5:1).
I would not have liked to be a Babylonian during this era because the local tribute (taxation) nearly ruined this providence. But I would have liked to have been in the king's court as a noble. From this vantage point, I would have been overwhelmed at the series of dynamic events that birthed Christianity in this region (Iran).
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Plzz can u tell me about his facts