From the Smithsonian Blog:
Cyrus’s tolerant approach has had a lasting impact. According to MacGregor [Director of the British Museum], “For Europeans and Americans in the 18th century, there is only one political problem: How do you avoid the wars of religion that had devastated Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries? How do you create a state where people don’t kill each other for their faith? Everybody goes back to Cyrus.”
The exhibition entitled, “The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia,” features quotes and historical artifacts that trace the generations of political thinkers inspired by Cyrus’s philosophy. Thomas Jefferson studied the life of Cyrus; he owned two copies of a biography of the king.
Read the article: The Cyrus Cylinder Goes on View at the Sackler Gallery