It's one of those celebrated discoveries from the ancient world — an inscribed clay cylinder that recounts how Persian king Cyrus II conquered the city of Babylon in 539 B.C. and instituted reform throughout the region, restoring sanctuaries that had become dilapidated and allowing exiles to return home.
“The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning” opens at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades on Saturday and continues through Nov. 30.
During its run, the museum at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway will extend Saturday hours to 9 p.m.
Admission is free, but advanced tickets are required. Parking is $15.
Tickets are available by visiting www.getty.edu/visit or calling 310-440-7300.