By Bruce Leshan, WUSA9:
Thomas Jefferson kept a copy of Cyrus’ ancient Greek biography…
Alexander the Great wept at his tomb. Machiavelli and Caesar saw him as the ideal ruler. He’s celebrated in the Bible.
And the stories are all confirmed in an ancient cylinder unearthed in 1879.
“It really underscores the power of the object, how it speaks across time and space to so many different people,” says Freer|Sackler Chief Curator Massumeh Farhad.