ABC News: Before Constitution, Magna Carta, the Cyrus Cylinder Was Model of Tolerance

By Christiane Amanpour, Mary-Rose Abraham and Mark Monroy. The video includes portions of Amanpours interview with the Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, during IHF America’s launch event of the Cyrus Cylinder tour at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery:

Britain’s Magna Carta and the U.S. Constitution may spring to mind as great foundations of modern government, but the much older Cyrus Cylinder has been described as the very “first declaration of human rights.”

What it says about a key moment in history provides important lessons in tolerance and justice even today, many millennia later.

“It’s an astonishing statement of how you run a multicultural, multi-faith community,” said Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum, where the Cyrus Cylinder is part of the permanent collection.

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