The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia

May 3 - June 14, 2013

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005 Get directions

(713) 639-7300

The British Museum’s Cyrus Cylinder, is traveling to five major museum venues in the United States, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The Cyrus Cylinder is among the most famous  objects of the ancient world.  The Cylinder was inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform on the orders of the Persian King Cyrus the Great after he captured Babylon in 539 BC. It is often referred to as the first bill of human rights and was first found in Babylon in 1879.

The tour is supported by the Iran Heritage Foundation.

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