Letter from Akhvamazda to Bagavant and the Magistrates

ink on leather

written in Official Aramaic

14.6 x 32.2cm

In this draft letter, Akhvamazda, the satrap of Bactria, reproaches Bagavant, the governor of Khulmi, who – against the decree of his master – had extracted taxes from some camel keepers and detained them. He informs Bagavant that he will interrogate him about this matter, and orders him to release the camel keepers and pay them back what he had taken from them.

J. Naveh & S. Shaked, Aramaic Documents from Ancient Bactria (Fourth Century BCE), London 2012, no.A1, pp.64–75.