[The Persian Empire] left a dream of the Middle East as a unit, and a unit where people of different faiths could live together.

Neil MacGregor

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About This Quote


Source: "2600 Years of History in One Object." TEDGlobal 2011. Jul. 2011. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote is from a 2011 TED Talk given by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum. The Talk traces 2,600 years of Middle Eastern history through a single object, the Cyrus Cylinder. This quote describes the legacy left by the Persian Empire: a legacy of unity and religious tolerance. Watch the full TED Talk here: Neil MacGregor - 2600 Years of History in One Object