Cyrus the Great – Persian Achaemenid Dynasty Founder

More details Illustration from "Illustrerad verldshistoria utgifven av E. Wallis. volume I": Relief of Cyrus. Courtesy of Wikipedia.

Since I no longer work for About.com, I can’t update pages on my own, but archaeologist Kris Hirst can, and so she has updated my Cyrus page for me.

Cyrus the Great is called the founder of the Achaemenid dynasty of the Persian empire, the dynastic family who led the Persians between 550 and 330 B.C. The traditional image of him shows him in profile, barefoot, bearded, wearing an Egyptian crown, and, most noteworthy, with wings. This is based on the Cyrus relief from his royal palace at Pasargadae.

Cyrus the Great – Persian Achaemenid Dynasty Founder

Image credit: Shows the traditional picture of Cyrus as a winged genius with hemhem crown. From Verldshistoria by Ernst Wallis et al, Vol. I, published 1875-9: Relief of Cyrus. PD Courtesy of Wikipedia.

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