Fig 2. Reconstruction drawing of the inlaid table, Tumulus MM.

Gordion, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Phrygia, was ruled at the height of its power in the eighth century BC by the rich and famous King Midas, a ruler whose influence was felt far beyond the boundaries of the Phrygian state (Roller 1983; 1984). Midas was well known in the ancientworld, appearing in Assyrian records as Mita, King of Mushki, an enemy and then ally of Sargon II, who also had dealings with the kingdoms of Carchemish, Tabal, Que and Urartu.

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