The Wall Street Journal talks about Cyrus, the Cylinder, the tour which starts on Saturday March 9th, and also talks to John Curtis, the curator of the exhibition at the British Museum:
What makes [the words from the Cyrus Cylinder] unique are the conciliatory words that follow, which include:
“I collected together all of their people and returned them to their settlements,
and the gods of the land of Sumer and Akkad which Nabonidus—to the fury of the lord of the gods—had brought into Shuanna, at the command of Marduk, the great lord,
I returned them unharmed to their cells, in the sanctuaries that make them happy. May all the gods that I returned to their sanctuaries,
every day before Bel and Nabu, ask for a long life for me, and mention my good deeds . . .”
Read the full article, A King’s Manifesto.