Courtesy Cyrus and Constance Gordon

Cyrus on Cyrus. Cyrus Herzl Gordon, while on military assignment in Fars (Persia), visited the tomb of his namesake Cyrus the Great, who allowed the Jews to return to Palestine in the sixth century B.C.E. The Persian king was, therefore, according to Gordon, the founder of ancient Zionism; Gordon’s father, an ardent political Zionist, chose to name his son for that famous king and for Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism.