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The Cyrus Cylinder: Model of Tolerance & Humanity

Hosted by the Consul of the Global Share & Discuss Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Thu 02 May 19:00 - 21:00

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The Cyrus Cylinder is is arguably the earliest articulation of human rights. It is an ancient clay cylinder dating back to the 6th century BCE. It was created during the reign of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire. The cylinder is inscribed with cuneiform script in Akkadian, a language used in the ancient Near East.

The Cyrus Cylinder is historically significant because it records Cyrus' conquest of Babylon in Protected content and his subsequent policies of religious tolerance and humanitarianism. It is often hailed as one of the earliest declarations of human rights, as it mentions Cyrus' decree allowing people displaced by war to return to their homelands and rebuild their temples.

The cylinder has been interpreted as evidence of Cyrus' respect for diverse cultures and his promotion of freedom of worship, making it an iconic symbol of tolerance and justice in ancient history. It is currently housed in the British Museum in London and is considered one of the most important artifacts from the ancient world.


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