Cyrus II of Persia, also called Cyrus the Great is well known as the founder of the first Persian Empire. He led Persia to expand its territory to the most of southwest and central Asia conquering first the Median Empire, then Lydian Empire and eventually the Neo-Babylonian Empire.

Achaemenid Cyrus the Great built, Persia Empire
Achaemenid Cyrus the Great built

Extent of the first Persian Empire, Cyrus the Great built

Achievements of Cyrus the Great in human rights, politics, and military strategy have had a huge influence on both eastern and western civilizations. So this time, let us find out who Cyrus was and how his life was.



The birth date of Cyrus is estimated to be between 600-599 BC or between 576-575 BC. His father was Cambyses I, King of Anshan, and his mother, Mandane, daughter of Astyages, King of Media. The record of Cyrus’ birth was not well known and unclear. They can only geuss it from Cyrus cylinder or Greek data such as Herodotus because the details of his life have been damaged or lost a lot.


In 599 B.C Cyrus the Great took over the throne of Persia. But the Persians had to be dominated by Media. Betraying His grandfather, Cyrus rebelled against Median Empire and conquered it in 549 BC. He unified Anshan with the newly conquered countries and became the first King of Persian Empire. In 546 B.C he conquered west Lydia and then conquered Babylon in 539 BC. When Cyrus conquered Neo-Babylon, he liberated the Jews who were slaves to Neo-Babylon and allowed them to build the temple of God. However, his dream of Egypt, which he wanted to conquer, was destroyed when he had been dead on the battlefield.

Cyrus the Great with a Hemhem crown

Cyrus the Great with a Hemhem crown


Cyrus was killed during a battle with Massagetae of Central Asia in the eastern Caspian Sea. His son, Cambyses II, succeeded his throne. After winning the battle with the Massagetae, Cambyses II took his father’s body and buried it in Pasargadae, the ancient Persian capital. After this, the Persian Empire flourished in peace for 200 years before Alexander conquered the Empire.


Cyrus the Great has been recognized as a generous king with justice. He respected the culture, language, and religion of the countries he conquered. He also did not try to assimilate the conquered countries unlike the other kings of that ages. He regarded and treated all countries equally. This became a very successful model for centralized administration and establishing a government working to the advantage and profit of its subjects. This is why he could be called the father by the Persians, a great example of a monarch by the Greeks and the anointed of God by the Jews.


  1. Stella

    It’s interesting ! King Cyrus was Persian who believed in his nation’s religion. But why had he been anointed by Jews?

  2. Angela

    Good article^^~ got the chance to know about King Cyrus^^

  3. Thames

    Cyrus the Great? Was he the anointed by God? I think that the record of king Cyrus in the Bible is just a historical thing that happened in the past. If he is truly God’s anointed, then, what’s the evidence?

  4. kym

    Cyrus the Great seems to be one of the main characters in Bible. Is he likely to represents God or someone ? Very interesting.. figure.. !

  5. canes

    It’s so interesting article. Thanks.

  6. Linda YMP

    It seems something like interesting and great secret is concerned with Cyrus’ life and history.

  7. Eden

    Thank you for the article. I’ve learnt a lot about him.

  8. R.K

    I have known that Cyrus was the great emperor who conquered many nations but didn’t know that He was generous with justice! So fresh and interesting!

  9. erica

    King Kyrus represent second coming Christ by the propecy of the bible. It’s very amazing.

    1. Sonja


      The Bible is so profound which testifies about the Savior.
      In this age, we should believe in Christ Ahnsahnghong who fulfilled all prophecies of the Bible including the prophecy about King Cyrus.

  10. James Heo

    It is so great to know more about Cyrus historically. Even though he was recorded in the bible as a figure of prophecy, I did not know who he was until now. Thanks for letting me know.

  11. sophie

    Detailed contents of the King Cyrus became aware for the first time. Thanks.

  12. Moly

    I have seen a webtoon about persia and the hero in that webtoon is Kyrus. I knew Kyrus first time through it and I want to learn more about him for understanding. Thanks to your useful article! It will be good backgroung knowledge about the king Kyrus.

  13. Elena

    Thank you for good contents to know the figure in Bible in detail.
    Very interesting!

  14. susan loy

    Useful essay. I didn’t know his life is connected with second comming Jusus. Thanks.

  15. Sarah

    Thank you for this article, which helps me get more information about Cyrus the Great.

  16. Weng

    It’s such a useful message!! I became interested with Cyrus the great. Thanks

  17. Shera

    I’ve learned that what is written in the Bible has something to do with our salvation. Thanks!

  18. Dawny

    I’m so pleased to know that King Cyrus was generous enough to respect the culture, customs and relgion of the countries he conquered.

    1. Stammy

      A few months ago I studied this subject. It was so wonderful!

  19. Joy

    I never thought Cyrus was related with our savior. And thank you for ths article, I got to know many things about Cyrus the great

  20. Mark

    Now I came to know wht Cyrus was called as great! It is really amazing.

  21. Netty

    Cyrus and the salvation? Amazing that the Bible describes the relationship between king Cyrus and salvation.

  22. Simson

    King Cyrus?? A few months ago, I read a book of history. There I found that he was a king of Persia. But, never thought that the Bible wrote about him. What is more, as a prophetical character?

  23. Stant

    King Cyrus? Is this king bearing reference to Christ Jesus? I think that he was just a king of Persia.

  24. kevin

    It was good time for me to know about king cyrus in more detail.

  25. Manaus

    King Cyrus and the Bible? This will be understood only by studying the Bible in Zion where God’s feasts are kept.

  26. tiana

    It’s good article. very useful 🙂

  27. Cathy

    It is a good article to know King Cyrus.

  28. Michel

    It’s a very useful article to understand Cyrus. I didn’t know that before. so good

  29. Michael

    King Cyrus? Before the WMSCOG, I had no idea of him. But, studying the Bible, I realized that the Bible contains lots of prophecies. So amazing.

  30. Sarah love

    Very impressive and informational article. Thanks very much. 😀

  31. Claudia

    Before the WMSCOG, I had never thought that the Bible is a book of prophecy. I could not understand the reason why I had to read the Bible which wrote the past history. But, now, I understand!

    1. Chris

      That is why i feel this church is different from other church and has something good.

    2. Chris

      That is why i feel the church is very different from other churches and has something good.

  32. Hena

    This article helps me understand the more. Good!

  33. Guante

    Before realizing God’s will hidden in the prophecies of the Bible, we cannot keep in step with them. All wisdom come from Elohim God in this last age.

  34. paula

    Wow! Just now, I know who was Cyrus! Thanks for the article:)

  35. Paula

    This is really a interesting article! I want to know more about Cyrus and the spiritual Cyrus.

  36. Gedal

    Last month, I studied again about King Cyrus through the Bible. The Bible could be understood only when you learn it. All things written in the Bible teach something for our salvation.

  37. Cocomol

    I realized that all things in the world will be done by God’s will, not by chance. And, they are closely connected one another!

  38. Trish

    I really didn’t know that there would be a close relationship with a historical person and savior.

  39. Brenda

    Before studying the Bible in Zion, it’s impossible to understand God’s profound hidden secrets. King Cyrus, Moses, David and so on! The Bible is a book of the wisdom of salvation.

  40. Rodem

    Lat year, I studied the prophecy of King Cyrus in Zion. It was wonderful. No one know what will happen even in a minute except God Almighty. Christ Ahnsahnghong is truly the Savior who has come to save all of us!

    1. Claudia

      Only through the Bible, we can believe in Christ Ahnsahnghong though He appeared in the flesh! The Bible is like a map to heaven’s kingdom.

  41. Cyrus

    Wow! I didn’t know that Cyrus the Great is that famous king.

  42. Belle

    Now I know why Cyrus was regarded as great! And he represents our God. AMAZING!!

  43. Kamilan

    There are so many secrets hidden in the Bible. And, all of them were written to lead us to the mystery of God, namely Christ!

    1. Sandos

      I think so. A few months ago, I took baptism in Zion. I felt that God’s prophecies are so profound and allowed only to His people not to others. The more I studied them the more I ‘m sure that Elohim God will save my soul!

  44. Karuki

    King Cyrus, Moses, Abraham, ……! The 2nd Coming Christ has already come to save us! King Cyrus was not merely a king of Persia but represents the Savior!

  45. Schante

    There’s great difference between those who studied the Bible and those who do not!

    1. Elica

      Surely! Those who are led by the Bible will inherit the kingdom of heaven where there’s no more death! On the other hand, those who do not will face eternal destruction!

  46. Rammar

    Elohim God’s gospel work is so deep! We can understand God’s will only after the fulfillment of the prophecy. King Cyrus has something to do with our salvation!

  47. Kim

    It is really a informative article! Great!:)

  48. bonhyang

    To realize all prophecies in the Bible is to recognize our savior, God the Father and God the Mother. Thanks to Elohim God.

  49. csara

    So cool! If you read these articles, you can study history.

  50. Amily Parker

    Some people said, some historical facts in the Bible are not true. They want to get evidences about this. If you want to get biblical and histoeical evidences of King Cyrus, you should read carefully bible. Bible explain this to you. And you can get closer to him and understand him.

  51. Jane

    Why Cyrus liberated jews and made them build the temple?
    It is amazing

  52. noeleden

    It is a very interesting article!

  53. Simo

    Real human’s history is in the Bible. And we can say that the Bible is making the history of this world. As God’s planning till the end of the world, everything of this world will come true.

  54. J.M

    Thank you for imformation about cyrus. It’s so exciting !!
    Learning about people in The Bible is fun! Really thank you

  55. Nenita

    It’s very interesting and surprising that a historical figure is related with the prophecy of the Bible. Though most people don’t know the reason why Cyrus set the Israelites free without as cost, God let us know about it through the prophecy. It’s amazing!!

  56. bren

    I’ve seen the king Cyrus in the Bible. After knowing the prophecy of the king Cyrus, my perception has been changed. The Bible is wonderful book.

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