BBC: Cyrus Cylinder: How a Persian monarch inspired Jefferson

By BBC World News:

People like Thomas Jefferson, who drafted the Declaration of Independence and became the third president of the United States, had to rely on Xenophon’s Cyropaedia as a reference for the life and leadership of the Persian king.

Scripture was the other source for information on Cyrus, as it chronicled the invasion of Babylon and the freedom of Jews.

Mr Raby [Director of the Freer and Sackler Galleries] said “what’s extraordinary about Cyrus, is that he appears as a paragon of princely statesmanship in the two pillars of Western cultures, that is the Greco-Roman tradition and the Bible”.

He added that the copy of Cyropaedia displayed at the Freer and Sackler Galleries is testament to Jefferson’s thorough examination of the book.

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