Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Sardis - Ancient City of Gold

Croesus, King of Lydia, ruled from 561 to 547 BCE. He was the richest man in the world and his wealth was built on gold in abundance in the waters of the Pactolus River, which flowed through his capital, Sardis. The Lydians were the first people to mint coins of pure gold and silver.
Over the centuries, the remains of Sardis were covered over by waves of succeeding generations of invaders—first the Greeks, then the Romans, and finally the Byzantines. At the palace site researchers are making remarkable discoveries.
Arm of a fallen soldier, killed in the battle between Croesus and Cyrus. He died still clutching a small stone in his hand, which may have been a slingstone.
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