Describe the Extent and Resources of the Empire Ruled by Xerxes.

Due to the developments and conquests of his predecessors, Xerxes, in 486BC became the ruler of a kingdom comprising of extensive lands and resources that together made up the Persian Empire.
His empire was a large part of the Middle East, from the Mediterranean across to Indus River, and from the Black and Caspian seas, down to the Persian Gulf.
Persian sources outline that the empire consisted of 23-26 satrapies. This is in conflict with the Daeva Inscription which identifies 27 different regions. The most prominent of these provinces included Bactria, modern day Afghanistan and Babylon, modern day, Iraq. By suppressing rebellions in Babylon and securing the satrapies, Xerxes also developed great economic advance, Babylon was the source of much wealth and progress in amplifying the building programs and knowledge, old Persian writing is just a modification of Babylonian. While Bactria was home to grazing land.
The array of satrapies under the control of Xerxes, as recorded by Herodotus created a diverse culture of up to 47 nationalities.   The Persian benefitted greatly from the satrapies which supplied them with extensive resources.
The current population estimate is at 20 million people, while Olmstead, a historian approximated 50 million. Regardless, with expansion Xerxes’ Empire had more contribution to economy, more manpower, and more for the king’s workforce.
This is such that the manpower formed the “Immortals,” the legendary force of 10 000 soldiers.   The number was immortal, not the men, as one died another would take his place. This was the primary resource in expansion and securing of the empire.
Building was culturally significant. The Susa inscription outlines Darius the Great’s ability to harness his kingdoms resources in the depiction of labour. People were a big resource in 5th century Persia. The procession of tribute bearers at the Apadana at Persepolis is a portrayal of the human resources Xerxes had available to him and the capability to...