Soon after that, Lydians were assimilated by Greeks, Greek language and Greek culture, and though Strabo in the 1st century A.D. talks about Lydians as an ethnos, they did not have much of their original language at that moment.
Lydians were the first ones to mint coins in the history of mankind.
Lydian was inherited directly from Hittite, but has a lot of its own new features.
The plateau of the Bin Bir Tepfl, on the southern shore of the Gygaean Lake, was the cli ief burial-place of the inhabitants of Sardis, and is still thickly studded with tumuli, among which is the tomb of Alyattes (260 ft. high).
The statement is on the whole borne out by the few Lydian, Mysian and Carian words that have been preserved, as well as by the general character of the civilization prevailing among the three nations.
The revolt of the Lydians under Pactyas, whom Cyrus had appointed to collect the taxes, caused the Persian king to disarm them, though we -can hardly credit the statement that by this measure their warlike spirit was crushed.
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