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Satraps of Media


Media was a significant region within the Achaemenid Empire, and satraps were appointed to govern it. Here are some of the known satraps of Media:

Achaemenid Period


Phraortes was a Median prince who served as the satrap of Media during the reign of Darius I. Phraortes is known for his role in the suppression of rebellions in Media and surrounding regions during the early years of Darius I's reign. Phraortes played a key role in maintaining Persian control over Media and ensuring its stability.


Atropates was a Persian noble who served as the satrap of Media during the reign of Artaxerxes II. Atropates is best known for founding the independent kingdom of Atropatene in northwestern Iran after the collapse of the Achaemenid Empire. Atropates' establishment of Atropatene marked the transition of the region from being a satrapy of the Achaemenid Empire to an independent kingdom.


Bagasaces is mentioned in historical records as a Median noble who served as the satrap of Media during the reign of Artaxerxes III. Bagasaces is known for his participation in military campaigns against revolts and external threats to Persian rule in Media and neighboring regions.


Orontes was a Persian noble who served as the satrap of Media during the early Hellenistic period. Orontes is known for his loyalty to the Achaemenid dynasty and his efforts to maintain Persian influence in Media following the conquests of Alexander the Great. Orontes' tenure as satrap marked a period of transition for Media as it became increasingly integrated into the broader Hellenistic world.


Media's central location within the Persian Empire made it a strategically important region for communication and administration. The transition from Persian to Hellenistic rule marked a significant shift in the political and cultural landscape of Media. While the specific satraps of Media during the Achaemenid period may not be well-documented, figures like Phraortes and Atropates represent the Persian presence and influence in the region. The appointment of satraps like Orontes marked Media's integration into the broader Hellenistic world, contributing to the cultural and political developments of the period.

While specific information about Persian satraps of Media may be limited, figures like Phraortes, Atropates, and Bagasaces exemplify the region's importance and the continuity of governance during the Achaemenid period.

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