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Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Cyrus Day روز کوروش شاد باد

Fateme Saadatmand, Master's student in informatics, would like to greet you on Cyrus Day. If you would like to inform the students about celebrations in your part of the world, send me (Emma) an e-mail and I will post it on the blog.

October 29th has been designated as the international day of Cyrus the Great, king of Persia, who declared the first charter of human rights in the world, also known as the Cyrus Cylinder.
I am going to give you a brief explanation of him and his charter of human rights. I can imagine how boring the history class has been for many of us so I tried to make it as short as possible. I hope you find it useful.

Cyrus the Great (ca.600 - 529 BCE) was a towering figure in the history of mankind. As the "father of the Iranian nation", he was the first world leader to be referred to as "The Great". Cyrus founded the first world empire - and the second Iranian dynastic empire (the Achaemenids) - after defeating the Median dynasty and uniting the Medes with the other major Iranian tribe, the Persians. It was under his own rule that the empire embraced all previous civilized states of the ancient Near East, expanded vastly and eventually conquered most of Southwest Asia and much of Central Asia, parts of Europe and Caucasus. From the Mediterranean sea and the Hellespont in the west to the Indus River in the east, to create the largest empire the world had yet seen.

The Human Rights Charter of Cyrus, the Great ancient king of Iran was issued in 539 B. C. following the conquest of Babylonia . It was declared by Cyrus on the first day of spring when his coronation took place in Babylonia. After his coronation he went to Mardouk Temple of the great god and declared the Charter.

You can read the text of the Human Rights Charter of Cyrus here.

For more information (including books, videos, etc.) you can refer to:

I wish peace for whole the world.



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