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Cyrus Cylinder

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…


Cyrus Cylinder (c. 539 B.C.E.) -- an archaeological artifact that independently confirms a Biblical account told in the Book of Ezra. King Cyrus of Persia issued an edict that permitted the Jewish exiles in Babylonia (which Cyrus had just conquered) “ ‘to go up to Jerusalem in Judah, and rebuild the house of the Lord, the God of Israel,’ ” which the Babylonian troops had destroyed, and to return to their homes (Ezra 1:1–4).


CYRUS THE GREAT. In 539 B.C., the armies of Cyrus the Great, the first king of ancient Persia, conquered the city of Babylon. But it was his next actions that marked a major advance for Man. He freed the slaves, declared that all people had the right to choose their own religion, and established racial equality.

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Cyrus Cylinder: How a Persian monarch inspired Jefferson

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.


Cyrus Cylinder. British Museum (UK) / Iran. More info here


TED talk on the 2600-year-old "Cyrus Cylinder," the oldest known declaration of religious tolerance and multiculturalism. By Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum.