search cityguideny.com

The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia - Charting a New Empire at Metropolitan Museum of Art

06/20/13 through 08/04/13 1000 Fifth Ave. Map
212-535-7710
www.metmuseum.org Ages: All Ages
Add to Itinerary

This event has already taken place. Click here for the latest events.

The Cyrus Cylinder is one of the most famous surviving icons from the ancient world. Excavated at Babylon in 1879, the Cylinder was inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform on the orders of the Persian king Cyrus the Great after he captured Babylon in 539 B.C. It marks the establishment of Persian rule and records how Cyrus restored shrines and allowed deported peoples to return home. Although not mentioned, it is thought to be at this time that the Jews returned to Jerusalem to build the Second Temple, as recorded in the Bible. The Cylinder and sixteen related works, all on loan from the Department of the Middle East in the British Museum, reflect the innovations initiated by Persian rule in the ancient Near East (550-331 B.C.) and chart a new path for this empire, the largest the world had known.

Venue Description: Sun.-Thurs., 10am-5:30pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm. Recommended admission: $25.

Upcoming Events

Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin - 01/14/14 - 12/07/14

The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham with Gunther Vogt - 04/29/14 - 11/02/14

The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy: British Art and Design from the Metropolitan's Collection - 05/20/14 - 10/26/14

Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age - 09/22/14 - 01/04/15

Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry - 10/08/14 - 01/11/15

Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection - 10/20/14 - 02/16/15

Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire - 10/21/14 - 02/01/15

Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection - 10/28/14 - 01/25/15

nyc events newsletter

Openings, Discounts & More

plan your trip to nyc

     Register

search cityguideny.com

SEARCH THE CALENDAR