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Cyrus the Great by Jacob Abbott
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Cyrus the Great: Makers of History
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He gives enough detail to bring the characters to life, but not so much that one gets bogged down. I always enjoy his "moral of the story" as well. I have just learned that Abraham Lincoln read and enjoyed Abbott's histories. So, I'm in good company! Really enjoyed reading this. A very easy read. It gives background information to Cyrus who is mentioned in the Bible in relation to the Jews returning from captivity in what was Babylon to their homeland in Judea.
Short biography, originally published in , Volume 3 of the Makers of History. Abbott's sources are Herodotus and Xenophon. This was an enjoyable read which reviewed familiar stories, but taught me new ones. One complaint I have was that the writing failed to portray Persian culture.
Unrelated to the story, there were two exhilarating word-bird moments. After Cyrus conquers Croesus, they meet face to face. There were difficulties i Short biography, originally published in , Volume 3 of the Makers of History.
There were difficulties in respect to language, too, which embarrassed the conversation, as the two kings could speak to each other only through an interpreter. In fact, statues of brass or of marble generally make far more durable monuments than statues of gold; and no structure or object of art is likely to be very permanent among mankind unless the workmanship is worth more than the material. To Bible readers, Cyrus is the king who liberated the Jews from Babylonian captivity.
Abbott framed this in a way I'd never before thought of emphasis mine: The march of this peaceful multitude of families—men, women, and children together—burdened as they went, not with arms and ammunition for conquest and destruction, but with tools and implements for honest industry, and stores of provisions and utensils for the peaceful purposes of social life, as it was, in its bearings and results, one of the grandest events in history , so it must have presented, in its progress, one of the most extraordinary spectacles that the world has ever seen.
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