King Cyrus the Great: biography

The conquest of the ancient world of Asia, thus begun by Deioces, was carried onward through four or five generations, and was finally achieved under the lead of the celebrated Cyrus. Cyrus, King of the Persians, the younger branch of the Median race, fought his way to the kingship of the united nation and then continued his warfare until he was the undisputed master of western Asia. It was he and his Persians, you will remember, who achieved the final conquest of Babylon and substituted the Aryan rule of earth for that of the older, Semitic races. This alteration of the whole course of history was achieved in the year 538 B.C.

No sooner was Cyrus in undisputed possession of the civilized world of Asia than he sought to make all the subject peoples realize that a change had come, that they were to be aided and uplifted by kindness, not crushed by selfish cruelty. With this in view he restored to each city the statues of its gods, which the Babylonians had concentrated in their own capital. He also gave permission for several races, which had been held in a sort of slavery in Babylonia, to return to their homes. Most notable of the peoples thus freed were the Jews. Cyrus not only allowed them to rebuild Jerusalem, he authorized them to resume the worship of their own religion, and restored to them their sacred utensils of gold and silver. The richness of these vessels had led the Babylonians to preserve them as valued treasures. Now Cyrus gave back all this wealth to the Jewish priesthood.

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