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Before Constitution, Magna Carta, the Cyrus Cylinder Was Model of Tolerance

There are 3 comments on the news.yahoo.com story from Mar 28, 2013, titled Before Constitution, Magna Carta, the Cyrus Cylinder Was Model of Tolerance. In it, news.yahoo.com reports that:

Britain’s Magna Carta and the U.S. Constitution may spring to mind as great foundations of modern government, but the much older Cyrus Cylinder has been described as the very “first declaration of human rights.” The 2,600-year-old artifact is a fairly small, baked, clay object covered in cuneiform script, whose size belies its importance. What it says about a key moment in history provides important lessons in tolerance and justice even today, many millennia later. “It’s an astonishing statement of how you run a multicultural, multi-faith community,”said Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum, where the Cyrus Cylinder is part of the permanent collection.

In 539 B.C., Cyrus’ forces conquered the great city of Babylon. Notably, Cyrus was not only tolerant of his new Babylonian subjects, but freed the city’s Jewish captives and allowed them to return to their homeland, where they rebuilt the temple in Jerusalem. “Most people know the story from the Hebrew Bible,” MacGregor said. “This is the story from the other side, from the Persian end. "What [Cyrus] represents is the first recognition that if you’re going to run a society with different languages, different beliefs, you cannot impose by force one system," MacGregor said. "You need to find a way to get the consent of different peoples by recognizing their diversity."

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#1 Mar 29, 2013
Real history is fascinating.

DNF

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#2 Mar 29, 2013
snyper wrote:
Real history is fascinating.
Yes it is. And it can be surprising as well when people actually take the time to research their "good ole days".

I was hoping this story would get more notice.

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#3 Mar 29, 2013
DNF wrote:
<quoted text>Yes it is. And it can be surprising as well when people actually take the time to research their "good ole days".
I was hoping this story would get more notice.
During Spring Break?

(hollow laugh)

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