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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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).