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    The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning for the Middle East (Hardback) By (author) John Curtis, By (author) Neil MacGregor, Translated by Irving L. Finkel

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    DescriptionThe Cyrus Cylinder is one of the most famous objects to have survived from the ancient world. The Cylinder was inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform on the orders of the Persian King Cyrus the Great (559ae'530BC) after he captured Babylon in 539BC. It is often referred to as the first bill of human rights as it appears to permit freedom of worship throughout the Persian Empire and to allow deported people to return to their homelands. It is valued by people all around the world as a symbol of tolerance and respect for different peoples and different faiths, so much so that a copy of the cylinder is on display in the United Nations building in New York. This catalogue is being published in conjunction with the first ever tour of the object to the United States, along with sixteen other objects from the British Museum's collection. The book discusses how these objects demonstrate the innovations initiated by Persian rule in the Ancient Near East (550 BCae'331 BC), a prime example being a gold plaque from the Oxus Treasure with the representation of a priest that shows the spread of the Zoroastrian religion. The book offers a new authoritative translation of the Cyrus Cylinder by Irving Finkel and the publication of two fragments of a cuneiform tablet that show how the Cyrus Cylinder was most probably a proclamation and not just a foundation deposit.

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    The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia
    A New Beginning for the Middle East
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Curtis, By (author) Neil MacGregor, Translated by Irving L. Finkel
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 226 mm
    Height: 279 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 998 g
    ISBN 13: 9780714111872
    ISBN 10: 0714111872

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
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    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Abridged Dewey: 930
    LC classification: DE
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS050000, HIS002000
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    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAP
    DC23: 935.05
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    Illustrations note
    110 colour illustrations
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    Publication date
    15 July 2013
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    Table of contents
    Introductory essay by Neil MacGregor * Translation of the Cyrus Cylinder by Irving Finkel * Catalogue * 5 contextual chapters (The Origins of the Persians, History of the Persian Empire, The Main Cities of the Persian Empire, The Art and Architecture of the Persian Empire and The Oxus Treasure).