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Cyrus the Great

On Being Persian

Gina Nahai | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
Gina Nahai

Why do they call themselves Persian? The first time someone asked me this was on Harvest Day at my kids' school. I had just been introduced to a blo...

The Bible and Babylon, 560 BC

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.09.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

These mid-August days, some 2,500 years ago, witnessed a violent turn-about in power -- regicide followed by a week of king-less days. Imagine for a moment the uncertainty, the chaos. Imagine the mother of the assassinated king.

Ancient Cyrus Cylinder Stirs Modern Passion And Debate

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Scholarship complicates our widely accepted and most popular images of Cyrus the Great as a uniquely benevolent ruler who instituted policies of peace and tolerance such as the world had never seen before. As it turns out, the famous Cyrus Cylinder was not revolutionary.

International Cyrus The Great Day: Common Ground For World Religions?

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 12.28.2011 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

There is one day each year when a civil conversation between our countries and religions could take place: Oct. 29, a day commemorating the founder of the Persian Empire.

Why the Mullahs are Un-Iranian: 7 Fatal Flaws

Dr. Ali Binazir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Ali Binazir

May history prove once again the ascendancy of the Iranian people's will and the triumph of their resilient culture over unjust and unwelcome rulers.