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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
he founder of the Persian empire; began his conquests by overthrowing his grandfather Astyages, king of the Medes; subdued Croesus, king of Lydia; laid siege to Babylon and took it, and finished by being master of all Western Asia; was a prince of great energy and generosity, and left the nations he subjected and rendered tributary free in the observances of their religions and the maintenance of their institutions; this is the story of the historians, but it has since been considerably modified by study of the ancient monuments (560-529 B.C.).
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Cyrus'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/c/cyrus.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.