Cyrus: Dictator or author of the first bill of rights?
The Cyrus cylinder, which is held by the British Museum, is a legacy of Cyrus the Great - the Persian emperor famed for freeing the Jews of ancient Babylon after conquering the city in 539 BC.
A copy of the cylinder, which is covered in cuneiform script supposed to detail the ancient charter of rights, also hangs next to the Security Council Chamber in the United Nations headquarters in New York, where it is held as a symbol of Cyrus's reputation as a fair and just ruler.
But now that reputation has been challenged by German historians who claim that the UN is unjustly celebrating the rule of a man every bit as despotic as any other land-grabbing leader.
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David Zohar - 7/18/2008
Cyrus the Great is justly commemorated in the last chapter of the last book of the Jewish Bible(Second book of Chronicles) as the leader who revoked earlier Babylonian edicts banishing the Jews from Jerusalem.
Without Cyrus-think of it- there would have been no Judaism, no Christianity and no Islam- and also no modern German historians to debunk him.
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