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The Legacy of Cyrus the Great: Iran and Beyond

 

The Cyrus Cylinder Tour of the United States, an initiative by Iran Heritage Foundation, began at the Freer|Sackler Galleries on 9th March. As part of this historic tour, the Freer|Sackler Galleries have organised The Legacy of Cyrus the Great: Iran and Beyond featuring presentations by some of the world's leading scholars in Iranian studies.

The programme starts with an evening lecture by John Curtis, Keeper of Special Middle East Projects at the British Museum which is free to all and requires no registration. Further information can be found on the following links: overview, abstracts or biographies.

PROGRAM

Friday, April 26

6:30-7:30 pm

The Cyrus Cylinder: The Discovery and Creation of an Icon
John Curtis, British Museum

Saturday, April 27: The Legacy of Cyrus the Great: Iran and Beyond

9:30-10 am

Coffee in Freer Courtyard

10 am-12:30 pm 

Cyrus in the Ancient World and Archaeology

The Cyrus Cylinder and its Babylonian Setting 
Amélie Kuhrt, University College London 

Between Persia and Greece: Cyrus in Context

Wouter Henkelmann, German Archaeological Institute

An Archaeology of the Babylonian Cyrus Cylinder
 

Zainab Bahrani, Columbia University
(Short papers followed by all speakers on stage for questions and discussion)

12-1:30 pm

Lunch break and time in the exhibition

1:30-2:50 pm

Cyrus’s Image Later
The “Many Cyruses” of the Renaissance 
Jane Grogan, University College Dublin

What the Founders Learned from Cyrus the Great–and What We Can, Too

Caroline Winterer, Stanford University

Cyrus and Neo–Achaemenid Architecture in 20th–Century Iran

Talinn Grigor, Brandeis University

(Short papers followed by all speakers on stage for questions and discussion)

2:50-3 pm

Break

3-4 pm

Cyrus and Iran

Archaeotopia: Future Past Persia

Mohamad Tavakoli–Targhi, University of Toronto

Roundtable Discussion

 

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