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Achaemenid, Cyrus Cylinder, 539–538 BC, clay, British Museum. © Trustees of the British Museum

Cyrus the Great: “Friend of God” & Paradise Builder

Saturday, May 11, 2013
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Speaker: Jennifer Rose
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning

Cyrus II was the founder of the ancient world’s largest empire. This lively, illustrated talk explores the ways in which, beginning with the Cyrus Cylinder, the ancient Persians were able to appeal to the “hearts and minds” of their various subject peoples in the Ancient Near East. The presentation also considers is whether Cyrus’s diplomatic tolerance of local cultures and religions, alongside the quadripartite garden plan of his dynastic capital, may reflect a Zoroastrian understanding of the world. Questions? E-mail

A reception follows.

About the Speaker
Jennifer Rose teaches Zoroastrian studies at Claremont College. She is the author of The Image of Zoroaster: The Persian Mage Through European Eyes; Zoroastrianism: An Introduction; and Zoroastrianism: A Guide for the Perplexed.

Lecture Tickets
$5 MFAH Members | $8 Nonmembers + museum admission
Reserve your seats in advance! Tickets are available three ways: online using your own printer; by phone at 713.639.7771; and at any MFAH admissions desk.

Exhibition Catalogue
The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue. To order, click here or call The MFAH Shop at 713.639.7360.