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How a German Archaeologist Rediscovered in Iran the Tomb of Cyrus


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How a German Archaeologist Rediscovered in Iran the Tomb of Cyrus - by Jackson Landers/ At the Smithsonian/ SmithsonianMag.com

"Lost for centuries, the royal capital of the Achaemenid Empire was finally confirmed by Ernst Herzfeld.

Alexander the Great rode into the city of Pasargadae with his most elite cavalry in their bronze, muscle-sculpted body armor, carrying long spears. Some of his infantry and archers followed. The small city, in what is today Iran, was lush and green. Alexander had recently conquered India. Greece, Macedonia, Asia Minor and parts of Egypt were all part of his new empire. The people of Pasargadae likely expected the worst—when the world's most dangerous cavalry shows up on your street, you are probably going to have a bad day. But he hadn't come to fight (the city was already his).

The world's most powerful ruler had come to pay tribute to someone else..."


The mausoleum of Cyrus in a cyanotype from a glass plate negative from the papers of Ernst Herzfeld. (Sackler Gallery of Art)