), a Lydian family, which, on the murder of Candaules by Gyges, succeeded the Heracleidae on the throne of Lydia, and held it for five generations, during a period of 170 years (about 716-546).
The successive sovereigns of this family were Gyges, Ardys, Sadyattes, Alyattes, Croesus. (See these articles, and comp. DEIOCES; also Thirlwall's Greece,
vol. ii. pp. 157, 158; Clint. F. H.
vol. i. sub anno 716, vol. ii. App. xvii.)