Cyrus the Great (559-530 BC) also known as Cyrus II or Cyrus the Elder, founded the Archaemenid Empire of Persia. In his lifetime this empire extended from the Mediterranean Sea to include the former Babylonian Empire and much of Southwest and Central Asia. Cyrus is known for his achievements in government, human rights, politics and military strategy. The Cyrus cylinder, which has been called "the first declaration of human rights" is now on display at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum through September 22, 2013 as part of a world tour courtesy of the British Library.
Professor John Lee, Department of History, UC Santa Barbara will speak on Cyrus the Great and Archaemenid Persia in World History at 7:00 pm on September 4, 2013 at King Library in Room 255/257.
This lecture is part of a Fall 2013 series presented by the Persian Studies Program at San Jose State University.