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The Ring of Gyges (956 words)
Gyges was a shepherd who found a dead man lying in cave wearing nothing but a gold ring.Gyges helped himself to the ring and wore it to the next monthly meeting of the local shepherds.
Gyges got himself appointed an emissary to the king.
If Gyges had been a just man, perhaps he would have destroyed the ring, knowing that no one, not even one most inclined to justice, could use it justly.
Gyges - LoveToKnow 1911 (482 words)
Gyges was the son of Dascylus, who, when recalled from banishment in Cappadocia by the Lydian king Sadyattes - called Candaules "the Dog-strangler" (a title of the Lydian Hermes) by the Greeks - sent his son back to Lydia instead of himself.
Gyges soon became a favourite of Sadyattes and was despatched by him to fetch Tudo, the daughter of Arnossus of Mysia, whom the Lydian king wished to make his queen.
Plato made Gyges a shepherd, who discovered a magic ring by means of which he murdered his master and won the affection of his wife (Hdt.
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