Asian Art Museum’s Chief Curator, Forrest McGill, will discuss Cyrus as he is
shown in the Bible, in ancient Greek writing, and in European art, literature
and music. How did Cyrus become a model of a wise and humane ruler, respected by
figures of the Age of Enlightenment such as Thomas Jefferson? A main focus of
the talk will be George Frederic Handel’s oratorio Belshazzar, which
has Cyrus as its hero. The fully illustrated talk will be accompanied by audio
and video clips.
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