2600 years of history in one object: The Cyrus Cylinder

A clay cylinder covered in Akkadian cuneiform script, damaged and broken, the Cyrus Cylinder is a powerful symbol of religious tolerance and multi-culturalism.

In this enthralling talk Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, traces 2600 years of Middle Eastern history through this single object.

The Cyrus Cylinder

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  • Kenhypno

    no one commented ?? what a load of crap ,people winking,poking and doing all sorts of effiminate things on FB! and not having enough time to actually read this!

  • Kenhypno

    no one commented ?? what a load of crap ,people winking,poking and doing all sorts of effiminate things on FB! and not having enough time to actually read this!

  • Zarathushtri

    Again as Zoroastrians we should be proud of our rich ancestry and proud of our contribution to humanity in this day and age.   Humanity’s first declaration of human rights abolishing slavery and enshrining people’s rights to worship freely, all this over 500 years before the birth of Christ.  

    As Zoroastrians we should do all we can to preserve our identity and survival but above all we should stand up and be counted and our achievements should be lauded and recognized.The present Iranian regime could learn something from their illustrious ancestor but unfortunately what is happening in Iran is at a complete polar opposite to what Cyrus the Great would have desired.  I hope the world wakes up and does something to put an end to tyrany and religious persecution in modern day Iran.

  • Zarathushtri

    Again as Zoroastrians we should be proud of our rich ancestry and proud of our contribution to humanity in this day and age.   Humanity’s first declaration of human rights abolishing slavery and enshrining people’s rights to worship freely, all this over 500 years before the birth of Christ.  

    As Zoroastrians we should do all we can to preserve our identity and survival but above all we should stand up and be counted and our achievements should be lauded and recognized.The present Iranian regime could learn something from their illustrious ancestor but unfortunately what is happening in Iran is at a complete polar opposite to what Cyrus the Great would have desired.  I hope the world wakes up and does something to put an end to tyrany and religious persecution in modern day Iran.

  • Zarathushtri

    Again as Zoroastrians we should be proud of our rich ancestry and proud of our contribution to humanity in this day and age.   Humanity’s first declaration of human rights abolishing slavery and enshrining people’s rights to worship freely, all this over 500 years before the birth of Christ.  

    As Zoroastrians we should do all we can to preserve our identity and survival but above all we should stand up and be counted and our achievements should be lauded and recognized.The present Iranian regime could learn something from their illustrious ancestor but unfortunately what is happening in Iran is at a complete polar opposite to what Cyrus the Great would have desired.  I hope the world wakes up and does something to put an end to tyrany and religious persecution in modern day Iran.

  • Zarathushtri

    Hi,

    Just goes to show how the people of the modern world have been intellectually dumbed down.

    I have left a comment above and I hope you agree with it.

  • Zarathushtri

    Hi,

    Just goes to show how the people of the modern world have been intellectually dumbed down.

    I have left a comment above and I hope you agree with it.