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Origin of the name GYGES.
Etymology of the name GYGES.
Meaning of the baby name GYGES.


GYGES (Γύγης).  An officer of Candaules, king of Lydia; he murdered his master, married his wife, and usurped the throne, thus founding the dynasty of the Mermnadae.  He reigned from B.C. 687 to 653 (so Gelzer), and was the co-temporary of Archilochus, Simonides of Amorgos, Terpander, and the Homer of Euphorion.  In consequence of a dream he sent embassies and tribute to Assurbanipal, including two captive Kimmerian chiefs.  His aid enabled Psammitikhus to revolt successfully from Assyria; but the Kimmerians soon afterwards invaded Lydia again, and he was slain in battle.  His son, Ardys, again submitted to Assyria.  Gyges was a benefactor of the Delphic oracle, and the old folk-tale of underground treasures and a ring which rendered the owner invisible attached itself to him.  He is called Gugu in the Cuneiform inscriptions, and Gog in the Old Testament. (An Archaic Dictionary, Cooper, 1876).


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