Cyrus the Great

The scholarship available on King Cyrus (II) the Great.


  • Briant, P., From Cyrus to Alexander: a history of the Persian Empire, Winona Lake IN, 2002, 13-50.
  • Waters, M.W., Ancient Persia: a concise history of the Achaemenid Empire, 550-330 BCE, New York, 2014, Ch 3.

Further Reading

  • Drews, R., ‘Sargon, Cyrus and Mesopotamian Folk History’ in Journal of Near Eastern Studies 33, 1974, 387-393.
  • Finkel, I.L., The Cyrus cylinder: the King of Persia’s proclamation from ancient Babylon, London, 2013.
  • Kurht, A., ‘The Cyrus Cylinder and Achaemenid Imperial Policy’ in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 25, 1983, 83-97.
  • Kurht, A., ‘Making history: Sargon of Agade and Cyrus the Great of Persia’ in Achaemenid history: essays in memory of Heleen Sancisi-Weerdenburg, 13: A Persian perspective, Leiden, 2003, 347-361.
  • Sancisi-Weerdenburg, H., ‘Was there ever a Median empire?’ in Achaemenid history: 3: Method and theory : proceedings of the London 1985 Achaemenid History Workshop, Leiden, 1988, 197-212.
  • Sancisi-Weerdenburg, H., ‘The orality of Herodotus’ Medikos logos, or The Median Empire revisited’ in Achaemenid history: 8: Continuity and change : proceedings of the last Achaemenid History Workshop April 6-8, 1990 – Ann Arbor, Michigan, Leiden, 1994, 39-55.
  • Stronach, D., ‘The tomb of Cyrus’ in Pasargadae, Oxford, 1978, 24-43.
  • Tuplin, C., ‘Medes in Media, Mesopotamia, and Anatolia: Empire, Hegemony, Domination or Illusion’ in Ancient West and East 3, 2004, 223-251.
  • Waters, M.W., ‘Cyrus and the Achaemenids’ in Iran 42, 2004, 91-102.
  • Waters, M.W., ‘Cyrus and the Medes’ in The world of Achaemenid Persia: history, art and society in Iran and the ancient near East, London, 2010, 63-75.