A ROMAN BRONZE OIL LAMP CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D. With voluted nozzle, incised grape bunch between volutes, a crouching mouse on top of lamp, with erect ears, the fur incised, the tail curled to form ring handle 4½ in. (11.4 cm.) long
bronze bull Achaemenid Persian. Arabic "Dhul-Qarnayn" (Arabic: ذو القرنين, ḏū al-qarnayni) literally translates to "possessor of the two horns". The suggestion that Dhul-Qarnayn is Cyrus the Great is supported by some of the Quranic commentaries, Islamic scholars Allameh Tehrani, Syed Ahmed Khan, Abul Kalam Azad and Dr. Baha-ed-Din Khorramshahi. Mohammad Ebrahim Bastani Parizi the historian believe that Dhul-Qarnayn was Cyrus the Great, the King and founder of Achaemenid empire.
Persepolis. For centuries, this was the world's capital. Unlike the depictions you may have seen in some crappy movies, the Persian empire was not a theocratic dystopia but an advanced and cultured Indo-European civilization, and frankly an infinitely more enlightened successor to the Assyrians. Here is the palace.