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- n. king of Persia and founder of the Persian Empire (circa 600-529 BC)
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Cyrus II wrote the first declaration of human rights and established a para daeza, "paradise" in what is now southern Iran.
On Oct. 29, in 539 B.C., Cyrus II rode into Babylon about 50 miles south of modern Baghdad, and ancient sources say that its conquered masses threw palm fronds at his feet.
Cyrus II is a hero to many Iranians still today, 2,500 years later, beloved in part for his policies of religious freedom and human rights.
For an introduction to the evidence on Achaemenid Persia, see Maria Brosius, ed. and trans., The Persian Empire from Cyrus II to Artaxerxes I.
On the death of his father, Cyrus II became the king of the Persians.