Book 1

1.91 Delphi explained: Croesus had paid for Gyges' transgression; Apollo had postponed capture of Sardis; Croesus had misunderstood oracles.

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1.92 BTW, Croesus dedicated stuff to lots of places besides Delphi. Some of it was his half-brother Pantaleon's. Croesus had executed him.

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1.93 The most impressive thing in Lydia is the tomb of Croesus' father Alyattes, which was built in large part by prostitutes.

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1.94 The Lydians--who are much like Greeks except in that they prostitute their daughters--were conquered by Persia, as I've described.

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1.95 Next up: the story of Cyrus and the Persian conquest of Asia. The Medes were the first to revolt and become free of Assyrian rule.

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1.96 When all on the mainland were free, they relapsed into monarchy as follows. Deioces made himself indispensable by judging disputes.

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1.97 Deioces then stopped his judging, and when society devolved into lawlessness the Medes got together and decided to appoint a king.

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1.98 Deioces was the chosen one. He had the Medes build him royal residences (e.g., the many-walled Ecbatana), and he obtained a bodyguard.

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1.99 Everybody else had to live outside the walls. Meanwhile, no one but royal messengers were admitted to the king’s presence.

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1.100 Deioces now judged disputes remotely, the suits brought in to him & his decisions sent out. He had spies and eavesdroppers everywhere.

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