Kandaulos II: Mystery Meat, Ritual Feasts, and the Question of Jar Puppies

When archaeologists excavated Sardis, the ancient capital of Lydia, in the 1950s, they unearthed some disturbing evidence: “table settings” from ritual meals, including plates, cups, pitchers, stew pots, iron knives…and the bones of puppies. The remains forced them to consider an uncomfortable question: Might the meat originally used in the dish have been that of puppies, slaughtered for a ritual meal?

Kandaulos I: A Recipe for Souvlaki’s More Provocative Predecessor

Souvlaki is a traditional dish that is almost synonymous with Greece itself, yet it may have emerged from a much older, Lydian delicacy. Read on to find out why your favorite skewered food’s predecessor carried cultural stakes that go beyond what you might have imagined–and how you can cook a version that recovers what it may have been like to dine on the original.