Rich as Croesus

Rich as Croesus

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Rich as Croesus

 By Bron Hendrixson

When we say, as the ancient Greeks did, that a man is as rich as Croesus, we are using the name of the last King of Lydia (560-546 B.C.). As a result of his conquests and trade, King Croesus was regarded by the Greeks as the wealthiest man on earth, his riches proverbial even at that time. Croesus probably minted the first gold and silver coins. Although he had subjugated the Ionian cities of Asia Minor, he was friendly to the Greeks, making spectacular offerings to their oracles. According to a legendary story told by Herodotus, the Athenian Solon once advised Croesus that no man could be deemed happy, despite his riches, until he finished his life happily. Later, after Croesus had been defeated by Cyrus the Great and condemned to be burned alive, he cried out Solon’s name three times from the pile. Cyrus, moved by his explanation and perhaps reflecting on his own fate, spared his captive’s life and they became great friends. The tale, however, is chronologically impossible and only one of a number of legends concerning this very real Midas.


 
 
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