Cyrus the Great c. He is mentioned 23 times by name and alluded to several times more. In the first year of his reign he was prompted by God to decree that the Temple in Jerusalem should be rebuilt and that such Jews as cared to might return to their land for this purpose. Moreover, he showed his interest in the project by sending back with them the sacred vessels which had been taken from the First Temple and a considerable sum of money with which to buy building materials. The existence of the decree has been challenged. Cyrus the Great is unconditionally praised in the Jewish sources.
Life and legend
He is also remembered in the Cyrus legend—first recorded by Xenophon , Greek soldier and author, in his Cyropaedia —as a tolerant and ideal monarch who was called the father of his people by the ancient Persians. In the Bible he is the liberator of the Jews who were captive in Babylonia. Cyrus the Great was the founder of the Achaemenian Empire. His empire, stretching from the Aegean Sea to the Indus River , was the largest that had ever existed at the time of his rule. Cyrus pieced his kingdom together using a mixture of conquest and diplomacy, attesting to his skills as a warrior and a statesman. The Greek historian Herodotus recorded one of the most well-known legends about the ruler in his History. Astyages tries to forestall the events of the dream but instead brings them to fruition.
Under his rule, the empire embraced all the previous civilized states of the ancient Near East ,  expanded vastly and eventually conquered most of Western Asia and much of Central Asia. From the Mediterranean Sea and Hellespont in the west to the Indus River in the east, Cyrus the Great created the largest empire the world had yet seen. The reign of Cyrus the Great lasted about thirty years.
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