How King Midas Lost His Dinner
No fables here! We’re travelling back 2700 years to uncover the case of King Midas’ lost funeral feast. Join us as we explore how an ancient civilization sent people off to the afterlife with a rocking good party. We’ll also learn how modern technology is revealing the diets of ancient civilizations as well as the recipe for the oldest cocktail in the world. Find out how historical tastes are making a comeback with a little help from the craft brewing industry. All this and more on this week’s episode of The Feast.
Written & Produced by Laura Carlson
Technical Direction by Mike Portt
Rodney Young's Excavation at Gordion
See Rodney Young & his team at work at the Midas Tumulus (Midas' Tomb) during the 1950s.
The Indiana Jones of Ancient Ale
Patrick McGovern, the Scientific Director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania, pioneered the new analysis of the contents of King Midas' Tomb.
Learn all about his investigations at his website via the University of Pennsylvania
Reviving Midas' Feast in 2001
In 2001, Patrick McGovern and others at the University of Pennsylvania held a Midas-inspired feast in Philadelphia. The menu was inspired by what was found in the tomb, including some ancient beer and succulent lamb stew.
You Can Try Midas' Ancient Beer!
Thanks to DogFish Head Brewery & a little help from Patrick McGovern, you can swig ale just like the ancient Phrygians. The recipe for their "Midas Touch" ale was based on what was found in the ancient tomb, a heady combination of beer, wine, and mead. It remains one of the brewery's most popular products & is available all over the US.
Why Did Midas Lose His Dinner?
Before the riddle of Grant's tomb, there was Midas. In 2001, John Noble Winfeld of The New York Times covered Cornell's discovery that Midas' tomb might actually be that of his father, Gordion. So Who is Buried in Midas' Tomb?
Read More About Midas & The Search for Ancient Alcohol
Patrick E. McGovern, Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer, and Other Alcoholic Beverages (2009)
Zinada Trokai, "The Spirit of Russian Love", Soul Sand