Redating Croesus: Herodotean Chronologies, and the Dates of the Earliest Coinages

@article{Wallace2016RedatingCH,
  title={Redating Croesus: Herodotean Chronologies, and the Dates of the Earliest Coinages},
  author={Robert W. Wallace},
  journal={The Journal of Hellenic Studies},
  year={2016},
  volume={136},
  pages={168 - 181}
}
  • R. Wallace
  • Published 13 December 2016
  • History
  • The Journal of Hellenic Studies
Abstract: The dates of Croesus’ reign, traditionally 560–546, derive mainly from the Nabonidus Chronicle, for Cyrus’ conquest of Lydia, and Herodotus 1.86.1, that Croesus ruled Lydia for 14 years. Part I of this essay questions the reliability of 1.86.1's ‘14’. Herodotus often uses formulaic or traditional numbers, including seven, for dating and elsewhere. Seven, twice seven, 14 and 70 recur frequently in the Croesus logos. Croesus’ reign may be a formulaic twice seven: seven prosperous years… 

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