In this image provided by The Smithsonian Institution, the Cyrus Cylinder is seen on display at the Smithsonian's Freer Sackler Gallery in Washington. The 2,500-year-old Babylonian arti

 

              In this image provided by The Smithsonian Institution, the Cyrus Cylinder is seen on display at the Smithsonian
In this image provided by The Smithsonian Institution, the Cyrus Cylinder is seen on display at the Smithsonian's Freer Sackler Gallery in Washington. The 2,500-year-old Babylonian artifact sometimes described as the world's first human rights charter will be shown for the first time in the United States at the gallery, followed by stops in New York, Houston and Los Angeles. The British Museum is loaning the cylinder, which carries an account of how Persian king Cyrus conquered Babylon in 539 B.C. and restored people held captive to their homelands. (AP Photo/The Smithsonian Institution, John Tsantes)