Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Cyrus Cylinder--2600 Year Old Icon Comes to US

The Cyrus Cylinder describes, in cuneiform, how King Cyrus of Persia defeats the Babylonian King (with the aid of Marduk, the God), Nabonidus. The cuneiform cylinder is housed at the British Museum but will soon tour five major museums, including the Sackler Gallery in Washington. In the video above, the director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, discusses the significance of the cylinder. My thanks to my colleague, Frances Coffey, who sent me the link to this story.

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