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The Legacy of Cyrus the Great: Iran and Beyond


Friday, April 26, 2013
6:30–7:30 pm The Cyrus Cylinder: The Discovery and Creation of an Icon
John Curtis, British Museum

Saturday, April 27, 2013
9:30–10 am Coffee in Freer Courtyard
10 am–12:00 pm  Cyrus in the Ancient World and Archaeology

The Cyrus Cylinder and its Babylonian Setting
Amélie Kuhrt, University College London

Between Persia and Greece: Cyrus in Context

Wouter Henkelman, German Archaeological Institute

An Archaeology of the Babylonian Cyrus Cylinder

Zainab Bahrani, Columbia University

(Short papers followed by all speakers on stage for questions and discussion)

12–1:30 pm Lunch break and time in the exhibition
1:30–2:50 pm Cyrus’s Image Later

The “Many Cyruses” of the Renaissance
Jane Grogan, University College Dublin

What the Founders Learned from Cyrus the Great—and What We Can, Too

Caroline Winterer, Stanford University

Cyrus and Neo-Achaemenid Architecture in 20th-Century Iran

Talinn Grigor, Brandeis University

(Short papers followed by all speakers on stage for questions and discussion)
2:50–3 pm Break
3–4 pm Cyrus and Iran

Archaeotopia: Future Past Persia

Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, University of Toronto

Roundtable Discussion

Symposium Overview

Gold Plaque from the Oxus Treasure
From the region of Takht-i Kuwad, Tadjikistan, 5-4th century BCE,
H x W: 15 x 7.5cm
British Museum, London, ME 123949
Photo: ©The Trustees of the British Museum

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