Johncurtis
John Curtis

John Curtis

The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia

Tuesday 25 March 2014
12:00pm

1 Hour

Duration

Christ Church: Festival Room 2

Venue

£11

Ticket price

The Cyrus Cylinder is one of the most famous objects to have survived the ancient world and has become a symbol of respect and tolerance for different peoples and different faiths. It was inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform at the behest of Persian King Cyrus in the sixth century BC and is often referred to as the first bill of human rights. It appears to allow freedom of worship in the Persian empire and for deported people to return to their homes.

The Cyrus Cylinder is held by the British Museum and was the centrepiece of an exhibition touring the United States in 2013. John Curtis, keeper of the British Museum’s Middle East collections and curator of the exhibition, explains the history and importance of the Cyrus Cylinder.