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The Xenophile Historian




From the Middle East, 1225 B.C.



I got this awful pun from a newsletter sent by Kim Komando. She claims it was sent to her by Paul, a listener in Chino Valley, AZ. Obviously Paul likes the same ancient history puns that I find funny, such as "One man's Mede is another man's Persian." Since this was right up my alley, I couldn't resist sharing it.

King Ozymandias of Assyria was running low on cash. His country had been at war with the Hittites for years. But he did have the Star of the Euphrates, the most valuable diamond at the time. So he decided to take it to Croesus the pawnbroker. When he asked for a loan, Croesus said, "Iíll give you 100,000 dinars." The king quickly objected, "But I paid a million dinars for it. Donít you know who I am? Iím King Ozymandias!" Croesus was unimpressed. He replied, "When you wish to pawn a star, it makes no difference who you are."


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