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The Cyrus Cylinder and ancient Persia : a new beginning for the Middle East

Author: John CurtisNeil MacGregorIrving L FinkelArthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.All authors
Publisher: London : British Museum, 2013.
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The Cyrus Cylinder is one of the most famous objects to have survived from the ancient world. The Cylinder was inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform on the orders of the Persian King Cyrus the Great (559-530BC) after he captured Babylon in 539BC. It is often referred to as the first bill of human rights as it appears to permit freedom of worship throughout the Persian Empire and to allow deported people to return to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
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Named Person: Cyrus, the Great King of Persia; Cyrus, King of Persia; Cyrus, the Great King of Persia; Kyros, Iran König; Kyros, Iran König; Cyrus.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Curtis; Neil MacGregor; Irving L Finkel; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.); Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.; J. Paul Getty Museum.
ISBN: 9780714111872 0714111872
OCLC Number: 832726339
Notes: English translation of the Cyrus Cylinder text: p. 42-43.
"This book is published to accompany the touring exhibition, "The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia" at Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 9 March-28 April 2013; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 3 May-14 June 2013; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 20 June-4 August 2013; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, 9 August-22 September 2013; and J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, Los Angeles, 2 October-2 December 2013"--Title page verso.
Description: 144 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 28 cm
Contents: The origins of the Persians --
History of the Persian Empire. A new code of ethical behaviour --
The main cities of the Persian Empire. New forms of writing --
A new religion --
A new form of currency --
The art and architecture of the Persian Empire. New types of seal --
The Oxus treasure. New luxury tableware --
New luxury jewellery.
Responsibility: John Curtis ; with an introductory essay by Neil MacGregor and a translation of the Cyrus Cylinder by Irving Finkel.

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