An International Conference: Cyrus the Great: Life and Lore Past

Oct 28-29, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA, United States

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About the Conference
On the occasion of the Cyrus Cylinder being exhibited in Los Angeles, Iranian Studies at UCLA is convening an international symposium “Cyrus the Great: Life and Lore” to discuss the historical figure of Cyrus the Great, his world, and later reception in antiquity and beyond. This gathering of prominent scholars from a wide variety of disciplines shall, as we hope, contribute not only to the important discussion on Cyrus’ new political order and religious policy, but also gauge his impact on posterity.

On the first day of the symposium “The World of Cyrus,” we shall be addressing such themes as the origins of Cyrus’ Teispid house, and the complex dossier of Elamo-Persian acculturation; the Mesopotamian context of Cyrus’ edict and religious policy; Cyrus, the Babylonian exile, and the Bible; Pasargadae and the making of an empire; and the Achaemenid world order from Cyrus to Darius.

On our second day “The Reception of Cyrus,” we shall be investigating the image of the emperor in the Greco-Roman, Iranian, and Muslim traditions. Among the particular topics examined are: Cyrus’ portrayal in Greek narratives of the classical age, and Roman compositions; Cyrus’ lasting presence in the Seleucid and Arsacid periods, in contrast to his eclipse under the Sasanians; the reception of Cyrus and the Achaemenids in the Zoroastrian tradition; Cyrus’ palimpsestic occurrence in the Iranian epic Book of the Kings; and finally the depiction of Cyrus in Arabic historiography.

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