Saturday, September 22, 2012

Midas Touch

This is a rose from my last garden called Midas Touch, a fragrant hybrid tea rose. It truly does have that soft look of gold. The name of this rose made me recall King Midas from Greek mythology who had the ability to turn everything he touched into gold. This became known as the the touch of gold or the Midas Touch.

King Midas later came to regret the wish he was granted. Legend had it that he turned his daughter to gold after touching her. When he touched food growing in his garden everything turned to gold. King Midas purportedly starved to death because he couldn't eat gold food.

In 1957 the University of Pennsylvania unearthed a tomb in Turkey supposedly that of King Midas and discovered the largest cache of Iron Age drinking vessels. Here are some examples of styles of drinking vessels they would have unearthed. Above is a drinking cup called a kylix.

This is an eye-cup; as you can see the side of the vessel shows the two eyes.

This is a patera, a broad shallow dish for drinking. I know I'd be spilling a lot. 

Here is a kantharos an ancient Greek drinking vessel with two pronounced handles.

Sometimes kantharos had small, medium, or tall stems.

The rhyton is a drinking vessel shaped like a horn and usually ends in a figure representing a stylized animal or shell.

Rhyton were used for ritual drinking ceremonies and during Roman table games.

Here are examples of olpe, pitcher or ewer, for pouring liquids.

This is an oenochoe or wine carrying jug. All images were borrowed from various sources on the net for educational learning purposes. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. How educational! Thanks for the enjoyment that you've shared and for doing the research. Vessels have my vote!

  2. Lovely transition. That's some fab pottery, and a very pretty rose.

  3. I would also have spilled a lot if anyone handed me that flat plate to drink from.
    There are some lovely vessels here, thank you.
    I love the rose as well.

  4. Hi Barbara, thanks, you know I thought of you and your pottery when I saw the handles on some of these pots, the taller ones.

    Hi Joanne, thanks, it amazes me at how old these piece are and how wonderfully designed and made.

    Hi Elephant's Child, thanks, I wonder what type of liquid would have been drunk from that flat plate, wonder if it might have been some type of porridge or some such?


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