Gyges of Lydia

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Gyges of Lydia according to Nicolaus of Damascus, the Lydian tyrant (late 8th c. or early 7th c.) took as his paidika a handsome youth from Smyrna who was noted for his elegant clothes and fancy korymbos hairstyle, which he bound with a golden band. One day he was singing poetry to the local women, which outraged their male relatives, who grabbed Magnes, stripped him of his clothes and cut off his hair. [1]


  1. Initiation in ancient Greek rituals and narratives By David Brooks Dodd, Christopher A. Faraone, p.121

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