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Cyrus of Anšan

Seal of Cyrus of Ansan. Legend: Kurash of Anshan, son of Teispes.
Seal of Cyrus of Anšan. Legend: Kurraš the Anzanite, son of Šešbes
Cyrus (Kuraš): king of Anšan, the grandfather of king Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Achaemenid empire.

The younger Cyrus mentions his ancestor and his father Cambyses I in the Cyrus Cylinder:

I am Cyrus, king of the world, great king, legitimate king, king of Babylon, king of Sumer and Akkad, king of the four rims of the earth, son of Cambyses, great king, king of Anšan, grandson of Cyrus, great king, king of Anšan, descendant of Teispes, great king, king of Anšan, of a family which always exercised kingship, whose rule [the gods] BÍl and NabŻ love, whom they want as king to please their hearts.
Cyrus ruled in Anšan, the plain of Marv Dasht in modern Fars, which was later dominated by Persepolis. A seal, with the legend Kurraš the Anzanite, son of Šešbes, confirms his existence. Cyrus' reign may have lasted from 600 to 580.

It is possible -but unlikely from a chronological point of view- that the 'Kuraš of Parsumaš' who sent his son Arukku to pay homage to the Assyrian king Aššurbanipal (668-631) is identical to Cyrus.

The idea that Cyrus was buried at Kupan is an attractive hypothesis, but nothing but a hypothesis.
 



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