Rhyne King

Rhyne King
Advisor(s): Richard Payne
Ancient Near Eastern History

Academic Bio

Rhyne King is a PhD candidate in Ancient Near Eastern history who studies the political, social, and economic history of the Achaemenid Persian Empire (559-330 BCE). His dissertation is tentatively titled “Satrapal Households and the Governance of the Achaemenid Persian Empire,” and, primarily using sources in Greek, Aramaic, Akkadian, and Elamite, the dissertation offers six case studies of the households of satraps (provincial governors) in the Achaemenid Empire in order to discern an imperial system of satrapal governance.


Rhyne received his BA summa cum laude from Duke University, where he majored in both Classical Languages and Linguistics. In addition to his dissertation work, he has written and presented on the social and economic position of Lycia (southwestern Turkey) between Athens and the Achaemenid Empire, the phenomenon of de-urbanization in the Achaemenid Empire, and the social history of late antique Bactria (northern Afghanistan).