As for Polycrates, the return of the ring brought him some joy but more grief.
It was brought back to Polycrates in the body of a fish next day.
Was Polycrates to fight for Egypt whose naval power could not defend him against this fleet, or was he to remain neutral?
The same was the result at the time Polycrates suppressed the revolt.
Polycrates then embarked on board his splendid galley, and sailed away.
The tyrannies were at their height in the time of Polycrates and his brother Syloson.
Polycrates had left the most trusted of his dependents, Maeandrius, as regent during his absence.
Black anger at this desertion filled the heart of Polycrates.
On the news of the death of Polycrates, he declared his willingness to lay down his power.
You will often hear people speak of “the Ring of Polycrates.”