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This unprecedented region of control below a single ruler stretched from the Indus Valley in the east to Thrace and Macedon on the northeastern border of Greece. At its height, the Achaemenid Empire ruled more than 44% of the world’s population, the highest such figure for any empire in history. An intermarried aristocracy, combining the ruling classes of all Persian tribes, furnished its ruling class. Overlapping jurisdiction of Civil and Military Satrapies held each and additional info every other in check. A network of spies (“eyes and ears of the king”) existed to maintain tabs on governors in provinces the...