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Bularchus a very old painter of Asia Minor, whose picture representing the defeat of the Magnesians (Magnetum proelium, Plin. Nat. 35.34; Magnetum excidium, Ib. 7.39) is said to have been paid by Candaules, king of Lydia with so much gold as was required to cover the whole of its large surface. This is either a mistake of Pliny, since Candaules died in B. C. 716, and the only destruction of Magnesia that is known of took place after B. C. 676 (see Heyne, Art. Tempor. Opusc. v. p. 349); or, what is more probable. the whole story is fictitious, as Welcker has shewn. (Archiv für Philol. 1830, Nos. 9 and 10.) [W.I
e destruction of the army of Sennacherib, and the death of that king. (B. C. 711.) Moreover, the Lydian dynasty of the Mermnadae is computed by Herodotus to have lasted 170 years, down to the taking of Sardis in B. C. 546. It therefore began in B. C. 716. Now, it may be inferred, with great probability, from the statements of Herodotus, that the Heracleidae, who preceded the Mermnadae in Lydia, were Assyrian governors. If so, here is another reason for believing that the great Assyrian empire was broken up in consequence of the destruction of its army under Sennacherib. The small difference by which the last date (B. C. 716) exceeds what it ought to be according to this view, might be expected from the difficulty of fixing these dates within two or three years; and, moreover, the date of the capture of Sardis is disputed, some bringing it as low as B. C. 542. A difficulty still remains. Herodotus mentions an interregnum, and it seems from his language to have been not a short one,