As the first king to create a multiethnic and multi-faith society, the Persian King Cyrus the Great made coexisting cool before those "coexist" bumper stickers were plastered on every Prius in Los Angeles.
Image courtesy of and © Trustees of the British Museum The Cyrus Cylinder, after 539 B.C.
In an event the Getty Museum's new Director Timothy Potts deems as "a once in a lifetime opportunity," the Cyrus Cylinder is now making the final stop of its U.S. tour at the Getty Villa in Malibu, through Dec. 2. "The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning," the exhibition it's a part of, is chock-full of pre-Islamic artifacts that reveal the triumph and achievement of the Persian Empire.
And Tehrangelenos are likely eager for the opportunity to remember and embrace a noble part of their identity that's not yet been desecrated by Hollywood (we're looking at you, 300), a history the current regime in Iran can't take away, a period when Shahs of Sunset was not even a spark in Ryan Seacrest's dreamy blue eyes.More »