An Interview with Abolala Soudavar on the Cyrus Cylinder

In time for the arrival of the Cyrus Cylinder in Houston, the Asheghaneh magazine — the Persian publication of the greater Houston area which has been in print for 30 years — has interviewed Abolala Soudavar. Mr. Soudavar is an independent scholar and author, former trustee of MFA Houston, former member of visiting committees at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Smithsonian; and a trustee of IHF America.

Mr. Soudavar has been very influential in organizing the US tour of the Cyrys Cylinder, and with the tour in full motion he is now pleased to step back from the logistics of the tour and spend more time on his next book. His recent articles include Cyrus, Ben-Gurion and Ben-Zion on the positive symbolism of the Cyrus Cylinder in 2013, and Astyages, Cyrus and Zoroaster: Solving a Historical Dilemma published by the British Institute of Persian Studies (London), in vol. L, 2012.