exhibition Forgotten Empire: The
World of Ancient Persia opened to the public on
Friday at the British Museum.
items on display in the exhibition, which is believed to be the biggest
collection of antiquities from the golden age of the
, have been gathered from the National Museum of Iran, the Louvre, and the
Empire tells the story of the Achaemenid Empire (circa 550-331 BC), which
was the largest the world had ever seen at the time.
Curtis, the curator of the museum’s Ancient Near East Department, said,
“We call it a forgotten empire not because it’s been forgotten by the
Islamic Republic of Iran or any other country in the
but because it’s been forgotten in
exhibition showcases about 400 ancient items including the "Cyrus
Cylinder", a barrel-shaped inscribed
foundation deposit sometimes referred to as the first declaration of human
rights because of its reference to religious tolerance.
highlights include a large stone dog that guarded the palace at
, which was later burnt down by Alexander.
exhibition will also host special events including films, music concerts,
guest lectures, and workshops.
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, the director of
’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO), Esfandiar
Rahim-Mashaii, and many other cultural figures attended the opening
ceremony of the exhibition, which will run until
January 8, 2006
are also plans to transfer the exhibition to the Kaisha Foundation in
next year, but the CHTO director has still not approved the Spanish
organization’s request to host the event.