Free Lecture

The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia

Discover the significance of the Cylinder and its legacy.

Reading the Cyrus Cylinder
Irving L. Finkel, Assistant Keeper, Department of the Middle East, The British Museum

Cyrus and the Case for Greatness: A view from the writings of Herodotus and Xenophon
Robert K. Faulkner, Professor, Department of Political Science, Boston College

Conversation moderated by Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, Professor, Departments of History and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto

This program is presented with the exhibition The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: Charting a New Empire.

This program is supported in part by the Center for Iranian Studies of Columbia University.

Assistive listening devices are available from the ushers.   Assistive listening devices are available from the ushers.

Free with Museum admission

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A Nenbutsu Gathering at Ichiya, Kyoto, from the Illustrated Biography of the Monk Ippen and His Disciple Ta'a (Yugyô Shônin engi-e) (detail), late 14th century | 1975.268.35

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The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium and the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education are equipped with infrared sound enhancement systems (with headsets and neck loops). To obtain a headset or neck loop please ask an usher. Headsets and neck loops are available free of charge with identification. Real-time captioning is also available upon request.