Anecdotage.Com - Thousands of true funny stories about famous people. Anecdotes from Gates to Yeats.Thus encouraged, he promptly attacked the Persians - who proceeded to throttle the Lydians, capture their capital, and throw their leader (ie. Croesus) into prison. Croesus, undestandably furious, sent a delegation to Delphi demanding to know why the oracle had deceived him. The oracle's reply? She had hardly deceived him. Croesus had indeed destroyed a great empire: his own.