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Timeline of Cyrus' Life


Between 590 - 580 B.C.E. - Cyrus is born

Between 559 - 549 B.C.E. - Cyrus entered Ecbatana and took over the Median kingdom

557 B.C.E. - Cyrus’ reign began

546 B.C.E. - Cyrus defeated Croesus and took Lydia under Persian rule

539 B.C.E. - Captured Babylon

538 B.C.E. - Cyrus writes the Cylinder

537 B.C.E. - Cyrus let about 42,000 Jews return to Palestine
                   - Authorizes rebuilding of Jerusalem Temple

529 B.C.E. - Cyrus’ reign ends; he dies in battle