New Light on the Cyrus Cylinder
San Francisco, CA 94102
New discoveries related to the Cyrus Cylinder continue to be made more than 130 years after its discovery in the ruins of Babylon in 1879. The ongoing discoveries shed fresh light on the character and concerns of Cyrus. Professor David Stronach, who has worked on and studied this archaeological site, will explore the gardens and monuments of Cyrus. He will also discuss the Oxus Treasure, focusing on a gold armlet in the exhibition, which exemplifies the rare quality of Achaemenid Persian jewelry from the 6th to 4th centuries BCE.
David Stronach is professor emeritus of Near East Studies at UC Berkeley. A renowned archaeologist specializing in ancient Iran and Iraq, he is a leading expert on Pasargadae, the capital city of Cyrus. Co-presented by the Society for Asian Art.