Darius the Mede

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Darius the Mede,

in the Bible, a king of the Medes who succeeded to the throne of Babylonia after Belshazzar. Otherwise unknown outside biblical tradition, it is likely that this Darius has been confused with Cyrus the Persian, who succeeded Belshazzar and decreed (539 B.C.) the return of exiled Jews. He is also mentioned by Herodotus and Josephus.
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A sceptre (3) and the crown that is later seized by Darius the Mede (175.
Daniel correctly deciphers the three cryptic words that miraculously appear on the wall, and that same night Darius the Mede overthrows Belshazzar.
Rowley, Darius the Mede and the Four World Empires in the Book of Daniel: A Survey of Current Opinions (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1935; reprinted 1959).
Similarly, be has much of interest to say about "the historical blunder"--intentional distortions of history, often with a comic effect, such as an impossible Darius the Mede in Daniel, Ahikar the Jew in Tobit, or Nebuchadnezzar king of the Assyrians in Judith.
In Chapter 6, in the reign of Darius the Mede, Daniel, because of his wisdom, obtains a big court promotion.