Reuters: Ancient decree of religious freedom starts U.S. tour

By Doina Chiacu, Reuters:

Cyrus’ declarations of tolerance, justice and religious freedom inspired philosophers and policymakers for centuries. Scholars say it shows that Cyrus allowed displaced Jews to return to Jerusalem from exile in Babylon and to rebuild the Temple.

In the fourth century B.C., the Greek historian and soldier Xenophon wrote “Cyropedia,” a text that portrays Cyrus as the ideal ruler and that greatly influenced Alexander the Great. Xenophon’s portrayal also carried weight with Renaissance and Enlightenment thinkers. Thomas Jefferson owned two copies of the cylinder and it influenced his writing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

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