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Cyrus The Great King of Persia
Ezra 1:1 In the first year of Cyrus King of Persia
 
The Cyrus Cylinder
The Cyrus Cylinder resides in the British Museum. The cylinder is called by some historians the first charter of human rights.
 
Tomb of Cyrus Pasargadae
Tomb of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae. The tomb was visited by Alexander the Great during his reign.
 
The Behistun Inscription - (Columns) in the foothills of the Zagros Mountains of Iran.
The Behistun Inscription - (Columns) in the foothills of the Zagros Mountains of Iran.
 
 
History
Cyrus the Great, also known as Cyrus II of Persia and Cyrus the Elder, was the founder of the Persian Empire under the Achaemenid dynasty. In historical artifacts discovered in the ancient ruins of Babylon and Ur, Cyrus identifies himself as King of Iran, where he reigned from 559 BC until his death.
 
 
The Cyrus Cylinder
The Cyrus Cylinder is an artifact consisting of a declaration issued by the emperor Cyrus of Persia inscribed in Babylonian (Akkadian) cuneiform on a clay cylinder. It was discovered in 1879 by the British archaeologist Hormuzd Rassam in the foundations of the Esagila (Temple of Babylon) and is kept today in the British Museum in London. This ancient record states:

“I am Cyrus, king of the world, great king, legitimate king, king of Babylon, king of Sumer and Akkad, king of the four rims of the earth.” – Cyrus Cylinder

The cylinder validates many aspects of the biblical record as Cyrus states “he captured Babylon.” He names the city of Susa (capital referred to in the books of Daniel and Esther) as well as stating “inhabitants were returned to their dwellings”.

“From Babylon and from Susa, I returned the images of the gods, who had resided there to their places. I gathered all their inhabitants and returned to them their dwellings.” – Cyrus Cylinder

 
 
Tomb of Cyrus the Great
The most important monument in Pasargadae is undoubtedly the tomb of Cyrus the Great. It has six broad steps leading to the sepulchre, the chamber of which measures 3.17 m long by 2.11 m wide by 2.11 m high, and has a low and narrow entrance.

Both Strabo and Arrian (Greek Historians) give descriptions of his tomb, based on reports of men who saw it at the time of Alexander the Great's invasion. Over the years, the tomb of Cyrus the Great has been slightly restored to reduce the natural damage it had received in time.

Alexander the Great Visited the Tomb - Link

 
 
 

Isaiah's Prophecy of Cyrus Fulfilled
Isaiah 44: 28 "Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof. That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid. Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him." Isaiah gave a prophecy that Cyrus would take Babylon, free the Jews and help them rebuild their own temple in Jerusalem 200 years before Cyrus even existed. This prophecy of Cyrus is even more staggering when you consider that Herodotus stated that King Aystages ordered Cyrus to be killed when he was born.

Herodotus on The Life of Cyrus
An interesting passage by Herodotus describes Cyrus as a literal shepherd. "Meanwhile Cyrus having gathered together in one place all the flocks of goats and sheep and the herds of cattle belonging to his father" - Herodotus Histories Book 1

"For I (Cyrus) seem to have been born by providential fortune"

Similar to Moses and Christ there was a plan to kill Cyrus when he was a little child.

"When Aystages heard this he rejoiced, and calling Cyrus spoke to him: My son, I did you wrong by reason of a vision in a dream which has not come to pass, buy you are yet alive by your own destiny; now therefore go in peace to the land of the Persians" - Herodotus Histories Book 1

 
 

Scriptures
Ezra 1:2 Thus saith Cyrus King of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.

Ezra 1:7 Also Cyrus the King brought forth the vessels of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods

Daniel 1:21 And Daniel continued even unto the first year of King Cyrus.