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Relating to or characteristic of the ancient region of Lydia in western Asia Minor or its inhabitants.‘a Lydian girl who is an excellent weaver’
- ‘Fans of archaeology shouldn't miss the Istanbul Archaeological Museums which are exhibiting the Sarcophagus of Alexander the Great and various Lydian tombs.’
- ‘The Lydian coins they excavated are mostly dated to the seventh and earlier sixth centuries BCE.’
- ‘He mentioned in his writings the Lydian king Gyges, who died c. 652 BC, and a total solar eclipse which was almost certainly that of 6 April 648.’
1A native or inhabitant of the ancient region of Lydia in western Asia Minor.‘they were conquered in the sixth century by Lydians’
- ‘The view that coinage was invented by the Lydians is one that is generally accepted by scholars.’
- ‘Although the treasury of King Croesus held great quantities of gold and silver plate, the Lydians clearly loved fine ceramic wares imported from Greece.’
- ‘At the beginning of the second book of Plato's Republic, Glaucon challenges Socrates, and his idea of justice, with a myth concerning the ancestor of Gyges, the Lydian.’
2The Anatolian language of the Lydians, of which some inscriptions and other texts have survived in a version of the Greek alphabet.
- ‘Most of the datable inscriptions from Sardis before the Hellenistic period use the Lydian language and alphabet.’
- ‘Lydian has personal suffixes like the Semitic languages.’
- ‘A tablet was turned up which revealed a bilingual inscription in Lydian and Aramaic.’
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