Kingship/Cyrus Cylinder

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Citing specific evidence from the Cyrus Cylinder, what were the main features of ideal kingship according to Cyrus?

Oct 3rd, 2015

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Inscribed with cuneiform script, the Cylinder records the conquest of Babylon in 539 B.C. by the Persian king Cyrus the Great (ruled 559–530 B.C.). Cyrus was considered a noble leader. the following are features of ideal kingship according to Cyrus

a. Loyalty. He said that he will look glorious by whatever clothes he wore.

b.Continuing be patient a little bit


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Sep 17th, 2015

b. being independent= This was seen when he said that being self reliant was the greatest thing  in war and many other endeavors of ruling. ''Give them all they need and your troops will follow you to the end of the earth.”

C.Stick to to the traditions and and the cultures of the land- Cyrus was very obedient when it comes to cultures /traditions-the inscription was written in the local language, Babylonian. Moreover, by embedding this Cylinder in the foundations of Babylon.

d. Be selfless/ generous- ''I concerned myself with the needs and welfare of the citizens of Babylon, Sumer and Akkad, and with promoting their well-being. I freed them from their improper oppression & bondage. I healed their afflictions and put an end to their misfortune. I restored their dilapidated dwellings. I gathered and assisted the displaced held in bondage, to return to their homes. 

e.  Be of good intentions-'' whenever you can, act as a liberator. Freedom, dignity, wealth–these three together constitute the greatest happiness of humanity. If you bequeath all three to your people, their love for you will never die.”

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