More Midas…Phrygian terracotta

Posted: October 9, 2016 in history
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Roof tiles were invented in Greece in the 7th century BC, probably reaching Phrygia about 600 BC.  Geometric patterns were used in addition to animal motifs. The city of Gordion must have been a beautiful sight with these terracotta decorations.

© janet m. webb 2016

© janet m. webb 2016

© janet m. webb 2016

Curious what other countries or kingdoms were around during the time of Midas?  Here are some, most of which you’ll find familiar. Midas evidently had close ties to Greece and, according to Herodotus, was the first foreign kind to make a dedication to Apollo at Delphi. Greek pottery, perfume, and wine were at the site, while Phrygian bronze appeared in Greece.

© janet m. webb 2016

Careful observation of these beautiful ceramics shows that a large part of archaeology consists of working the puzzles of where all the pieces go and then painstakingly reassembling them!

© janet m. webb 2016

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Quite the 3-d puzzle. Thr artifacts and the tiles are beautiful. It’s hard to imagine people putting so much effort into the ordinary items, but they are beautiful.

  2. Joanne Sisco says:

    Those ceramics are really beautiful. It wouldn’t have occurred to me that a large part of their work is actually ‘assembling puzzles’. Makes a lot of sense …. only very detail-oriented people need apply!!

    • We tend to think of big discoveries and lots of gold, whereas much work is sifting through lots and lots of dirt/sand, finding tiny bits, and reassembling. Not as glamorous as what we imagine, but I’m thankful they do it!


      • Joanne Sisco says:

        I remember an exhibit I saw not long about involving stuff recovered from a sunken ship long ago.
        They showed examples of dishes, jugs, coins etc that had been cleaned up and restored vs others that had not.
        It was an omg moment for me. It’s the fact that recovery teams can recognize the importance of what they’ve found even if it only looks like a lump of misshapen rock to me.

  3. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Nice photos, Janet, and a lot of information to ponder. The Midas touch—much more than just an old tale.

    • I enjoyed finding out that there was an actual Midas behind the story. In the final installment of my short story with photos, you’ll find out why the “golden touch” idea might have come into existence. I do love history and just imagine the excitement of finding this place!

  4. HonieBriggs says:

    All thing ancient fascinate me. This is great!

    • I feel the same way about ancient things, Honie. I hope you got to read the first two posts and there will be another one coming up soon. Thanks for sharing a bit of your Sunday with me.


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