King Ozymandias of Assyria was running low on cash after years
of war with the Hittites.
His last great possession was the Star of the Euphrates ,
the most valuable diamond in the ancient world..
He went to Croesus, the pawnbroker, to ask for a loan.
Croesus said, "I'll give you 100,000 dinars for it."
"But I paid a million dinars for it," the King protested.
"Don't you know who I am? I am the king!"
Croesus replied :
"When you wish to pawn a Star, makes no difference who you are."