CHW 3M 2012: Cyrus the Great

I promised you a battle re-enactment today. I’ve decided to reschedule for tomorrow for a few reasons:

  • the last few days have been very open-ended and group-based. I want to return to something slightly more traditional before we undertake another group task
  • I want you to understand how the version of the Persians depicted in the film 30o is a reflection of a graphic novel, and has nothing to do with the Persians who attempted to conquer Greece in the 2500 years ago
  • I want to provide more context before we launch into the Persian Wars

Cyrus the Great was the founder of the Achaemenid Empire, located in modern-day Iran. Today, I will attempt to show you why he has earned the moniker Great. Here is the plan of attack:

  1. We need to take a look at two important documents that may provide some insight into Cyrus the Great. You might recognize one of the sources. Be prepared to answer the following questions:
    • Why might Cyrus list all of his titles at the beginning of his declaration?
    • Leaders traditionally enslaved other nations they had conquered. What were some potential benefits of allowing various ethnic groups to govern themselves?
  2. We will attempt our second lecture. In this mini-lecture, we will examine Cyrus’ rise to power.
  3. Finally, we will watch part of the a great documentary from Learn 36o. Remember to watch for Robocop.

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