The Cyrus Cylinder, Achaemenid, 539-538 B.C., excavated at Babylon, Iraq, 1879, on display in 'The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: Charting a New Empire' and viewed by Ira Spar (L), of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art, Joan Aruz (C, partly hidden), Curator in Charge, Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art and John Curtis (R), Keeper of Special Middle East Projects, British Museum, June 20, 2013 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Cyrus Cylinder is a 2,600-year-old inscribed clay document from Babylon in ancient Iraq and one of the most famous surviving icons from the ancient world is part of a traveling exhibition organized by the British Museum. The Cylinder marks the establishment of Persian rule in 539 B.C. by Cyrus the Great, with the defeat of Babylon, the restoration of shrines, and the return of deported peoples and their gods. The Cyrus Cylinder and 16 related works on view, all on loan from the British Museum, reflect the innovations initiated by Persian rule in the ancient Near East (550331 B.C.) and chart a new path for this empire, the largest the world had known. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA
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Pablo Larrazabal of Spain waits with his caddie John Curtis on the 16th hole during the first round of The Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club on January 17, 2013 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
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John Curtis of Northampton Town during the Coca Cola League Two match between Northampton Town and Lincoln City held on October 17, 2009 at the Sixfields Stadium in Northampton, England. Northampton Town won the match 1-0.
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John Curtis poses during the official Gold Coast United 2010/11 Hyundai A-League headshots session at The Southport School on July 7, 2010 in Gold Coast, Australia.
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John Curtis of Northampton Town attempts to move away from David Hutton of Cheltenham Town during the Coca Cola League Two Match between Northampton Town and Cheltenham Town at Sixfields Stadium on February 27, 2010 in Northampton, England.
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John Curtis of Portsmouth in action during the Pre Season Friendly match between Wycombe Wanderers and Portsmouth at the Causeway Stadium on July 20, 2004 in Wycombe, England.
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John Curtis of Nottingham Forest is injured during the Coca-Cola Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Nottingham Forest at Loftus Road Stadium on April 30, 2005 in London, England.