Cyrus Cylinder: How a Persian monarch inspired Jefferson
As the Cyrus Cylinder begins its US tour, BBC Persian's Khashayar Joneidi explores how the reputedly liberal monarch who gave his name to the ancient Persian artefact inspired US founding father Thomas Jefferson.
The Cyrus Cylinder. Front view of a barrel-shaped clay cylinder resting on a stand. The cylinder is covered with lines of cuneiform text. This documents the decision by Cyrus in 539 B.C. (or B.C.E. if you prefer) to allow a high degree of tolerance to different religions within the Persian Empire.
Cyrus Cylinder. "...I am Cyrus. King of the world. When I entered Babylon...I did not allow anyone to terrorize the land...I kept in view the needs of the people and all its sanctuaries to promote their well-being...I put an end to their misfortune. The Great God has delivered all the lands into my hand; the lands that I have made to dwell in a peaceful habitation..." Site of Babylon, archaeologists discover a clay cylinder, inscribed record of capture of Babylon by the Persian king Cyrus…
The Cyrus Cylinder, considered to be the first example of human rights law, written in cuneiform in Persia in 539 B.C. under the rule of King Cyrus of Babylon. This code promoted the free practice of religion & the release of prisoner's of war.
The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: a new beginning for the Middle East - The Cyrus Cylinder is one of the most famous objects to have survived from the ancient world. It was inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform on the orders of Persian King Cyrus the Great (559-530 BC) after he captured Babylon in 539 BC. Subject: History. Length: 15:37
7. Cyrus Cylinder - The cylinder in part contains "an introduction reviling Nabonidus," the previous king of Babylon; and associating Cyrus with the god Marduk; It details Cyrus's royal titles and genealogy, and his peaceful entry into Babylon; a commendation of Cyrus's policy of restoring Babylon; a declaration that Cyrus has allowed people to live in peace...and detail of the building activities ordered by Cyrus in Babylon: it also mentions his son Cambyses;