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The Legacy of Cyrus the Great: Iran and Beyond

Saturday, April 2, 2013
Freer, Meyer Auditorium

Coinciding with the Sackler’s exhibition of the Cyrus Cylinder, this public symposium examined the legacy of Cyrus the Great. Scholars and experts contextualized Cyrus’s achievements and human rights legacy within the ancient world, the American Revolution, and the 21st century. Brief talks, a roundtable conversation, and audience discussion were featured throughout the day.

Supported through generous gifts from the Iran Heritage Foundation, Foundation for Iranian Studies and the Leon Levy Foundation.


The Cyrus Cylinder
Clay, Babylon, Mesopotamia, after 539 BCE
D x H: 7.8-10 x 21.9-22.8 cm
British Museum, London, ME 90920.
Photo: ┬ęThe Trustees of the British Museum

Get here quick! The Freer Gallery will close for renovation on January 4, 2016, so we can better present our art and serve our visitors. Check out asia.si.edu/future to learn more and plan your trip.