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The Gemara in Rosh Hashana 3b(which talks about when to start the counting of a kings reign) writes that Koresh(he was a kosher king),Daryavesh(his actual name),and Artachasasta(name of his kingdom) are one in the same. The question is was Daryavish Esther's son. The simple answer is that its a machlokes. Tosfos on that Daf explains that Daryavish was ...


Don't know if you mean Cyrus 1 or 2 (just found out from another commenter that there was more than one), but at least one seems to have preceded the megillah: http://www.chabad.org/holidays/in-depth/default_cdo/aid/39643/jewish/Megillah-with-Commentary.htm And it came to pass in the days of Achashverosh (Esther 1:1) Achashverosh succeeded Cyrus as ruler of ...

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