“Croesus (pronounced ‘KREE-sus’) was the King of Lydia, a country in western Asia Minor (corresponding to modern-day Turkey) from 560-547 BCE and was so wealthy that the old expression “as rich as Croesus” originates in reference to him. His wealth, it is said, came from the sands of the River Pactolus in which the legendary King Midas washed his hands to rid himself of the ‘Midas Touch’ (which turned everything he laid hands on into gold) and in so doing, the legend says, made the sands of the river rich with gold. The Lydians, either during the reign of Croesus or just before, were cited as the first people to mint coins of gold and silver in Asia Minor and it was Croesus who funded construction of the great Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Although some have claimed that Croesus was largely a legendary figure, his signature at the base of one of the columns of the Temple of Artemis (now on display at the British Museum) is evidence that he was an actual historical king who ruled from the city of Sardis.”
http://www.ancient.eu/croesus/ Shout out to author Joshua J. Mark – and another good link prescient to this post: http://www.ancient.eu/sardis/
Now that we know where he came from and better yet, how to pronounce his name, let’s hear Herodotus tell some Croesus tales. Herodotus speaks thus: Continue Reading
You walked a crooked mile
you smiled a crooked smile
you dropped a wandering tear
all in a crooked year Continue Reading
Herodotus wrote on a huge range of topics in his History because besides the main story line, the Persian Wars, he added in all manner of observations of the locals, who begat whom, details of local feuds, who was in, who was out, how they did it and how they made sure people were doing it enough so there would be plenty of begating. Add plenty of supernatural causes and effects. But the main structure of the story was the wars between the Persian Empire and the Greek States, Continue Reading
We’re made of stars. The scientific team
Flashes a blue and green computer chart
Of the universe across my TV screen
To prove its theory with a work of art:
Temperature shifts translated into waves
Of color, numbers hidden in smooth lines.
“At last we have a map of ancient Time”
One scientist says, lost in a rapt gaze.
I look at the bright model they’ve designed,
The Big Bang’s fury frozen into laws,
Pleased to see it resembles a sonnet,
A little frame of images and rhyme
That tries to glitter brighter than its flaws
And trick the truth into its starry net.
From: Verse & Universe Poems About Science and Mathematics Edited by Kurt Brown
Finally a book report from the Alan Olee Book Report Blog! Well. Almost. Let’s talk about it first… Continue Reading