Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Myths and Legends: Solon and Croesus

Solon and Croesus. To find out more about the Athenian wise man and his meeting with King Croesus, see this Wikipedia article: link; for information about the image: image source.

Croesus was the king of Lydia in the middle of the sixth century B.C.E., and he was immensely wealthy. In today's image, you see him confronting one of the seven sages of ancient Greece, Solon of Athens, a story that is told by the Greek historian Herodotus, and centuries later it became the subject of a story by Leo Tolstoy, "Croesus and Fate." Although Croesus was confident that his wealth and power secured him certain happiness, Solon warned him that this was not necessarily the case at all. Later, when Croesus witness the death of his son and also the death of his wife, he realized that wealth and power could not protect him from the blows of Fortune.

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