The Cyrus Cylinder It is a cylindrical piece of clay that contains what could be considered as the first declaration of human rights, its origins date back to when the Persian King Cyrus the Great held Babylon in the sixth century BC.
Last Saturday this object, which continues its presence 2,600 years later in political and cultural debates, made its US debut in an exhibition under the title of “The Cyrus Cylinder in Ancient Persia”At Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.
The loan of British museum It will be on view at Sackler from April 28 to later tour Houston, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The exhibition reveals the ideas formed by the Persian government in the Ancient Near East (550 BC-331 BC). The Persian Empire was the largest territory ever known in the world. Its mark in the ancient world came after the entry of changes in terms of ethical behavior, as seen in the Cyrus Cylinder. The Persian kings also introduced a new writing system, the old Persian cuneiform.
The rulers of later generations considered it to be a great example of the unification of cultures, religions and languages, some of them were Alexander the Great Y Thomas Jefferson as demonstrated in the creation of the Declaration of Independence.
It is appreciated by people all over the world like plea for tolerance and respect for unequal peoples and religionsProof of this is that the British Museum previously loaned the cylinder to the National Museum of Iran in 2010 - 2011, where it was viewed by more than a million people.
I was born in Madrid on August 27, 1988 and since then I started a work of which there is no example. Fascinated by both numbers and letters and a lover of the unknown, that is why I am a future graduate in Economics and Journalism, interested in understanding life and the forces that have shaped it. Everything is easier, more useful and more exciting if, with a look at our past, we can improve our future and for this… History.