• Babylonia
  • Balshazar’s Feast
  • Iran-Iraq War … of 539 B.C.
  • the writing on the wall: “You are weighed in the balance and found wanting, and your Kingdom is handed over to the Medes & the Persians”
  • “the first real press release … we’ve got”
  • Cyrus, King of all the Universe
  • religious tolerance
  • second temple Judaism
  • Alexander the Great
  • Darius
  • Xenophone
  • “We’re not interested in that history, we want one with this message”

by Neil MacGregor

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