By: Mir M.Hosseini
Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Achaemenid dynasty was killed in battlefield from a wound inflicted from a poisonous arrow during a campaign against the Massagetes in Central Asia. He is considered one of the most respected world leaders to date. What characteristics made him a great leader? He fought side by side with his soldiers and never left them alone in the battlefield. He respected the culture, language and religion of subdued nations and did not impose Zoroastrian religion or assimilate nations in similar methods. He considered all nations equal in terms of their rights.
Also known as Cyrus 2, he was the grandson of Cyrus I and descended from both Median and Persian royal ancestors. Nevertheless, Cyrus was a very down to earth person and his wish was to be buried in Pasargadae in order to turn into Iranian soil once again. He apologizes to people for not being able to use the soil of his tomb for some time. Cyrus the great, the founder of the greatest form of united nations to date rests in peace in Pasargadae shedding light on the future of the world civilization. He is called the father of his people, and his name is mentioned in Bible and Quran and revered by many Iranians as a holy figure.