Lydian Empire 680-546 BC
The Lydian Empire was famous for one thing in particular, being
filthily rich. In fact, historians believe that they were the first
ones ever who coined money.
Founder of the Lydian Empire was
Gyges of the
Mermnadae family, also called the
Another one of Lydia's rulers was
Alyattes, who became king of
Lydia in 610 BC. Alyattes' son was Croesus.
Croesus became king in 560 BC but lost
set, game, and match in 546 BC to
Cyrus the Great.
And that was the end of the Lydian Empire, henceforth only referred
to as part of the
The Lydian Empire was located in western
Anatolia, which is today's Turkey. And here is the map
THE LYDIAN EMPIRE
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Governments of Lydia.