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Copyright:  2007 ISBN-13:  9780955686306


Enter the glorious world of Ancient Persia in this poetic play and discover Cyrus the long forgotten emperor whose rule was a model of deference and great tolerance for one's fellow man irrespective of race religion or creed, treated were all equally. The differing peoples of his empire remained unencumbered to practise their religions and laws unfettered. Ushered he a reign of benevolence not of terror and malevolence. The first monarch to enshrine in writing Human Rights, abolishing slavery throughout his kingdom back in 600 BC ....

Around 2600 years ago in the ancient city of Ecbatan,
was born a child to the Royal Persian House of Anshan,
son of Cambyses a just and noble king,
and Mandane a gentle and beautiful queen,
daughter of Astyages the Median tyrant king,
bore Cyrus the greatest emperor ever seen.
The first Achaeme
Was born a child to the Royal Persian House of Anshan,
nid Emperor,Cyrus was a most humble and upright ruler
destined to be the greatest emperor
Around 2600 years ago in the ancient city of Ecbatan,
to ever grace the world’s stage.
Excelled he in compassion and intelligence,
a strong and gentle soul who never countenanced anger or rage.
Abhorred did he people of sloth, disloyalty and wicked sense.
On the death of his father Cambyses,
bequeathed was he a small impoverished kingdom
the city-state Anshan, a vassal of the Median Emperor Astyages.
The Persians were the model of civilized admiration,
from peasant to king, observed all the rule of law,
equality prevailed, till Cyrus was no more.
From the king of a humble and rugged city-state,
Cyrus became liege of powerful Media,
with the consent of its grateful citizenry,
who revolted and sealed brutal Astyages’ fate.
Soon after, he conquered the great empires of wealthy Lydia,
and Old Babylonia with its cultural grace so mighty
And on his dying breath his son Cambyses, did he leave
a vast and diverse empire, the like of which had never before been,
Stretching thousands of miles in each and every direction,
from Arabia in the South to the northern Black Sea,
Lydia in the West to Gandhara in the East the most glorious ever seen,
with peoples, races and tongues too numerous to mention.
Cyrus’ rule was a model of deference and tolerance
for one’s fellow man irrespective of race religion or creed.
All the differing peoples of his empire remained unencumbered,
to practice their religions and laws unfettered.
Treated were all equally, his vassals the same as his Persian breed.
Ushered he a reign of benevolence
not of terror and malevolence.

A Father, A Law Bringer, A Liberator, An Anointed Soul was he,

who freed the weak from the bonds of servitude and abolished slavery.

Commanded he such love and affection by his graciousness

that, many who never did him see,

felt indebted loyalty 

 for his kindness     



Act One – Part I592 BC - King Astyages’ Vision

(In the private quarters of King Astyages of Media’s palace in Ecbatan enter the Chief Magi Zavan)
Zavan: Afternoon My Lord, I came as quickly as my old legs could carry
but I am forever imposed for my manifold religious duties by all and sundry.

Astyages: Yes, yes Zavan, don’t worry
I won’t punish your tardiness …THIS TIME I shall let it be.
(He speaks in a menacing taunt)

I am troubled Zavan, what I am about to recount is for your ears only!
And I mean that most seriously!
Otherwise I shall not hesitate in cutting off your head …. Personally!
(His voice in raised in mortal threat)

Zavan: Sire, you can always count on me for utmost discretion and loyalty.

Astyages: Judging by the rumours that prevail around the court I am sure magi … you are indeed the seal of secrecy!

Zavan: Sire, how could you say such a thing, you know well we the Magi,
are a spiritual lot sworn to confidentiality.
(He protests profusely)

Astyages: Yes .. yes .. I am sure – anyway enough of this gibber gabber.
Let me recount the matter
that troubles me each and every night …
and see if your so called gift of prophesy can throw some light.

For a few weeks now I’ve had a recurrent dream.
Each night I see from my sweet Mandane flow a stream
that comes first to fill my Ecbatan and then the whole of Asia.
Now tell me what are your thoughts on the matter?

Zavan: Well sire ….. I am afraid it portents ill
forgive my candidness but as a humble servant who always will ….

Astyages: For heaven’s sake Zavan, enough of this humble servitude!
Just interpret the truth!
(Choosing his words most diplomatically Zavan thus speaks)
Zavan: As you wish sire …
though I do not wish a doomsayer to appear,
for I know how the princess to your heart is most dear.
But the dream I fear,
portents her as being the cause
of your empire’s fall.

Astyages: What utter nonsense! My dear little flower!
How could she ever betray her loving father?
Why do I ever summon you to listen to your blether!

Zavan: I am sorry sire …. However I can but state the truth
according to the facts presented before me.
I only have your interest at heart.

Astyages: Of course you do… thank you for your most elucidating art.
Now get out of my sight you useless flea!
Before I have you flogged, you charlatan.. uncouth!

Zavan: As you wish my liege.
(Zavan bows and makes a most hasty retreat)

Anger subsided,
Astyages deeply contemplated.
Though he did not wish before Zavan to concede,
His words did confirm what he already did feel.

Astyages: Can it really be true… my sweet Mandane will be the end of my rule?
What utter nonsense! She could never entertain such a thought so cruel.
She loves me dearly … am I getting paranoid in my old age!
How could I even think such a thing of my innocent babe?
(So the mighty king thinks)

Over the next few weeks Astyages’ tosses and turns in his bed-chamber
without respite and begins to ponder,
as his sleep is constantly interrupted by the same reverie.
So he finally resolves to marry his daughter to a noble so worthy
yet who could never be in a position contemplate such doom.
But whom … ?
(He muses)

Astyages: Who would be a worthy match for your daughter Astyages?
I can’t marry her to a member of my family
that would be tempting fate.
If I marry her within the Median nobility
they would prove a worthy
mate but then have a direct claim to my territories.
‘O’ curse the gods for leaving me bereft of a son!
Marduk, with you I am forever done!

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