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Xenophon’s work Cyropaedia is similar to that of Machiavelli’s The Prince in that it’s a stand point on how to rule. Cyropaedia discuss the philosophy of Cyrus the Great, the originator of Human Rights and ruler of the Persian Empire.

Where Machiavelli thought it was better to be feared than loved, Cyrus the Great thought it better to be loved than feared. In fact, according to Cliff Rogers two works that was mandatory for any ruler to read were Machiavelli’s The Prince and Xenophon’s Cyropaedia. Many of the founding fathers of the United States of America sought inspiration from the two works. That is “what makes America great”, in fact “is not so much democracy, as it is its Bill Of Rights”, Cyrus Kar says. The Bill Of Rights, has its origins in Cyrus Cylinder, where Cyrus the Great put his words down after conquering Babylonia, and so creating Human Rights.

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Cyropaedia by Xenophon can be downloaded on the Project Gutenberg website, found here.

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