King Cyrus the Great
in Sydney, Australia
This is a replica of a Bas-Relief found in
Pasargade, the capital city of Persia founded by Cyrus.the Great It depicts King Cyrus
( 580-529 BC).
He was the first Achaemenian Emperor of
Persia, who issued a decree on his aims and policies, later hailed as his charter of the
rights of nations. Inscribed on a clay cylinder, this is known to be the first historical
declaration of Human Rights, and is now kept at the British Museum. A replica of this is
also at the United Nations in New York.
The Bas-relief of Cyrus shown here by Lewis
Batros, a Sydney Artist, was put up at Sydney's Bicentennial Park, October 1994, through
the efforts of the Australian Iranian community with donations from all over the world and
contributions from the local Government..
It symbolizes Multiculturalism, a word
coined to express the coexistence and peaceful cohabitation of peoples from different
background and culture in one land. A doctrine which is the foundation of advanced
societies especially in Australia and the USA and which was also Cyrus' Claim to fame.
At a time when Iran bashing was the rule
and the norm, this gesture by the New South Wales Government was seen as a welcoming sign
by the Iranian community and the event has since been annually remembered during the
Mehregan Festival in September.
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