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Ancient Persian Culture
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Ancient Persian Culture

Ancient Persian culture flourished between the reign of Cyrus II (The Great, r. c. 550-530 BCE), founder of the Achaemenid Persian Empire, and the fall of the Sassanian Empire in 651 CE. Even so, the foundations of Persian culture were already...
Pasargadae
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Pasargadae

Pasargadae was one of the oldest residences of the Achaemenid kings, founded by Cyrus the Great (r.559-530). It resembled a park of 2x3 km in which several monumental buildings were to be seen. According to the Roman geographer Strabo of...
Additional Fragments of the Cyrus Cylinder Text
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Additional Fragments of the Cyrus Cylinder Text

These 2 small fragments once belonged to a large clay tablet inscribed with a duplicate of the Cyrus Cylinder text. They were identified among The British Museum extensive collections of clay tablets in December 2009 and January 2010. The...
Cyrus Cylinder
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Cyrus Cylinder

The Cyrus Cylinder, dating from 539 BC. This document is a propaganda one of Cyrus II in order to show his legitimacy to rule in Babylonia.
Cyrus the Great
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Cyrus the Great

Cyrus the Great (d. 530 BCE) in a detail of a modern copy from a 6th century BCE bas-relief at Pasargadae inscribed "I am Cyrus the king, an Achaemenian". (Olympic Park, Sydney)
A new beginning for the Middle East: The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia
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A new beginning for the Middle East: The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia

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. The...
Cyrus the Great (Artist's Impression)
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Cyrus the Great (Artist's Impression)

King Cyrus the Great (d. 530 BCE) of the Achaemenid Empire depicted in the game Old World.
The Cyrus Cylinder from Ancient Babylon and the Beginning of the Persian Empire
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The Cyrus Cylinder from Ancient Babylon and the Beginning of the Persian Empire

Lecture by Dr. John E. Curtis, OBE, FBA, Keeper of Special Middle East Projects, The British Museum. Introduction by Joan Aruz, Curator in Charge, Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This program is presented...
Inventions & Innovations of Ancient Persia
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

Inventions & Innovations of Ancient Persia

Ancient Persian culture contributed many of the aspects of the modern world which people take for granted as having always existed. The designation “Persia” comes from the Greeks – primarily from the historian Herodotus – but the people of...
Childhood of King Cyrus
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Childhood of King Cyrus

Childhood of King Cyrus, Antonio Maria Vassallo, second half of 17th century CE, The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
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