The Cyrus Cylinder is among the most famous objects retained from ancient civilization. Inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform on the orders of the Persian King Cyrus the Great (559-530 BC), it is often referred to as the first bill of human rights. It was first found in Babylon, which is now in modern Iraq, in 1879 during a British Museum excavation. The exhibition includes 16 objects that are testimony to the innovations initiated by Persian rule in the Ancient Near East (550-331 BC). Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.