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Croesus and the Lydian Navy


Herodotus 1.27 knows of a shipbuilding project, planned by Croesus and stopped after a meeting of the king with either Bias or Pittacus. The historicity of such a plan may be challenged. It may be interpreted as a fictional story, aiming to boost the role of a Greek Sage in front of the Lydian king. A role for a Greek able to influence the great Near Eastern history.

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