History Lydia Croesus-1
Croesus was the very rich powerful king of Lydia. "As rich as Croesus"
was a quotation in the ancient world to mean unimaginable great wealth.
Croesus issued the first silver coins. Previously all coins were of gold
and too valuable for most day-to-day transactions. Croesus is well known
for his trip to the oracle at Delphi where he asked what would happen if
he attacked Persia - the answer was "a great empire would be destroyed".
With this news, he went to war with Persia and was unterly defeated. A
great kingdom was destroyed - the kingdom of Croesus. After the defeat,
Croesus was sentenced to death by fire, but for some reason the Persian king
"Cyrus" delayed the order. While having a conversation, Croesus asked Cyrus
what his troops were doing. Cyrus replied they were plundering Croesus' city.
To this Croesus replied - that he had lost the city and the troops were
in fact plundering Cyrus' city and carrying off his treasures. After this,
the two became great friends and Croesus became a military advisor to Cyrus.