History of Cyrus the Great

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history-of-cyrus-the-great-frontcoveWEBBy Jacob Abbott. Cyrus II of Persia (c. 600–530 BC) was the founder of the Achaemenid Empire, which expanded to become one of the largest empires of the ancient world, encompassing from the Mediterranean Sea and Hellespont in the west to the Indus River in the east.

Drawing upon archaeological fact and the sometimes dubious histories of Herodotus and Xenophon (with the author providing the necessary caveats as to the historical accuracy where necessary), this work tells of Cyrus’s childhood, education, and how he came to the throne.

From there, the story follows Cyrus’s dealings with—and likely manipulations of—the famous Oracles, and the conquests of Lydia, Babylon, and the expansion of his empire’s borders. Along the way, the author weaves in fascinating details of Cyrus’s interactions with his civil servants and their families—including events which reveal both the humanness of mankind over 2000 years ago—and also the great brutality to which they could stoop.

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the incredible size of the ancient cities, and the captivity of the Jews all form important segments of the story of Cyrus.

“In reflecting on this melancholy termination of this great conqueror’s history, our minds naturally revert to the scenes of his childhood, and we wonder that so amiable, and gentle, and generous a boy should become so selfish, and unfeeling, and overbearing as a man.

“But such are the natural and inevitable effects of ambition and an inordinate love of power. The history of a conqueror is always a tragical and melancholy tale. To be generous, disinterested, and noble, seems to be necessary as the precursor of great military success; and to be hard-hearted, selfish, and cruel is the almost inevitable consequence of it. The exceptions to this rule, though some of them are very splendid, are yet very few.”

Contents

Chapter I: Herodotus and Xenophon

Chapter II: The Birth of Cyrus

Chapter III: The Visit to Media

Chapter IV: Crœsus

Chapter V: Accession of Cyrus to the Throne

Chapter VI: The Oracles

Chapter VII: The Conquest of Lydia

Chapter VIII: The Conquest of Babylon

Chapter IX: The Restoration of the Jews

Chapter X: The Story of Panthea

Chapter XI: Conversations

Chapter XII: The Death of Cyrus

About the author:

Jacob Abbott (1803–1879) was a native of the state of Maine who was a professor of mathematics and natural philosophy, a minister, and founder of two schools (the Mount Vernon School for Young Ladies in Boston and the Mount Vernon School for Boys, in New York City).

He wrote more than 180 books and became famous for his easy-to-read style of historical storytelling, stripped of the dry dustiness which characterized other texts.

Softcover

Pages: 140

Binding: Perfect-bound Paperback

Interior Ink: Black & white

Weight: 0.26 kg

Dimensions (centimetres): 15.24 wide x 22.86 tall

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Hardcover

Pages: 140

Binding: Hardcover (dust-jacket)

Interior Ink: Black & white

Weight: 0.38 kg

Dimensions (centimetres): 15.24 wide x 22.86 tall

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