Detail of a Lydian tribute bearer, bas-relief of the northern stairway of the Apadana (Darius the Great's audience hall...
Map of Lydia
Map of Lydia in the middle of the 6th century BCE. The red line shows an alternative interpretation of Lydia's ancient borders...
Map of the Mediterranean 550 BC
A map of the Mediterranean around 550 BC, showing the major cultures: - Greece and its colonies - Phoenicia and its colonies...
Temple of Artemis, Sardis
The ruins of the Temple of Artemis in Sardis in Lydia (modern-day western Turkey), originally built by the Greeks in...
The Assyrian Empire and the Region about the Eastern Mediterranean, 750-625 BC
The Assyrian Empire and the Region about the Eastern Mediterranean, 750-625 BC.
The Bath-Gymnasium Complex at Sardis
The most imposing building of Roman Sardis is the (much reconstructed) courtyard of the Bath-Gymnasium complex. Its design...
The Earliest Coins from Lydia
These are some of the earliest coins in the World. Made from electrum, a naturally occurring mixture of gold and silver...
The Importance of the Lydian Stater as the World's First Coin
The Lydian Stater was the official coin of the Lydian Empire, introduced before the kingdom fell to the Persian Empire...
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Oriental Empires
Map showing the Median, Lydian, Chaldean, and Egyptian empires around 600 BC.