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Satraps of Phyrgia


Phrygia, located in the western part of Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey), was an important region within the Achaemenid Empire. Satraps, appointed governors, would have been responsible for its administration. Here are some of the known satraps of Phrygia:

Achaemenid Period


Artaphernes, a Persian noble, served as the satrap of Phrygia during the reign of Darius I. Artaphernes is well-known for his involvement in the suppression of the Ionian Revolt, a major uprising of Greek city-states in Asia Minor against Persian rule. He played a key role in maintaining Persian control over the region. Artaphernes was responsible for overseeing military matters and administering the affairs of Phrygia on behalf of the Persian king.


Artabazus, a Persian noble, served as the satrap of Phrygia during the reign of Xerxes I. Artabazus is known for his participation in various military campaigns, including the Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BCE. As satrap, Artabazus was responsible for maintaining order, collecting taxes, and upholding Persian authority in Phrygia.

Hellenistic Period


Autophradates served as a Persian noble and satrap of Phrygia during the early Hellenistic period. Autophradates' tenure as satrap coincided with the transition from Persian to Macedonian rule in Asia Minor following the conquests of Alexander the Great. Autophradates likely played a role in facilitating the region's integration into the broader Hellenistic world under Macedonian rule.


Phrygia's location in western Asia Minor made it strategically important for the Persian Empire, serving as a buffer zone against potential threats from the Aegean Sea and Greek city-states. The transition from Persian to Hellenistic rule marked a significant shift in the political and cultural landscape of Phrygia. While specific satraps of Phrygia during the Achaemenid period may not be well-documented, figures like Artaphernes and Artabazus represent the Persian presence and influence in the region.

Phrygia served as a crossroads of cultures, facilitating exchanges between the Persian, Greek, and Anatolian civilizations, contributing to its rich historical and cultural heritage. While specific information about Persian satraps of Phrygia may be limited, figures like Artaphernes and Artabazus exemplify the region's importance and the continuity of governance during the Achaemenid period.

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