Daily History Facts
In Ancient Anatolia Gyges was the bodyguard of King Candaules. King offered to let Gyges sneak into the bedroom to see his wife, the Queen Nyssia naked. But Queen spotted Gyges and gave him a choice of either kill the king or die. He killed the king and seized the throne.
King Candaules name became a sexual term which described a man exposing his female partner to others for voyeuristic pleasure. Candaules was a king of the ancient kingdom of Lydia in the 7th century and believed his wife was the most beautiful woman on earth.
Gyges later founded the Mermnad dynasty and consolidated his kingdom to become a military power.
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