Alyattes


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Alyattes

(ălēă`tēz), d. 560 B.C., king of Lydia. During his reign, Alyattes expanded his kingdom. He made peace (585 B.C.) with Cyaxares of Media, continued the Lydian conquest of the Ionian cities of Asia Minor, drove the CimmeriansCimmerians
, ancient people of S Russia of whom little is actually known. They are mentioned in Homer, but they emerge into history only in the 8th cent. B.C. when they were driven by the Scythians (see Scythia) from their former home in Crimea and came to the region around Lake
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 from Asia, and subdued the Carians. The remains of his tomb can still be seen N of Sardis. He was the father of CroesusCroesus
, d. c.547 B.C., king of Lydia (560–c.547 B.C.), noted for his great wealth. He was the son of Alyattes. He continued his father's policy of conquering the Ionian cities of Asia Minor, but on the whole he was friendly to the Greeks, and he is supposed to have given
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Some historians believe King Alyattes in Sardis, Lydia, Asia Minor, created the first-known minted coin, the Lydian Lion, around 600 B.
Made of electrum, a naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver, it bears a magnificent lion, and was minted by King Alyattes in Sardis.
The earliest issues, thought to date from the reign of Alyattes (about 610-560 BC) i.
Croesus, a Lydian by birth, son of Alyattes, tyrannos of those peoples who lived this side of the river Halys.