Midas was a famous king from Phrygia in Asia Minor. He was a
very rich king, but unfortunately his greed far surpassed his wisdom. King
Midas's greatest desire was to be the richest man in the world, and this
desire filled all his thoughts.
One day an old satyr
called Silenus came to King Midas' palace. King Midas recognized Silenus as
a friend of the god Dionysus, and saw through Silenus an opportunity to
increase his own wealth.
King Midas invited Silenus into his palace and showed him great hospitality
entertaining him generously. The god Dionysus naturally was quite pleased
with king Midas's hospitality. In appreciation of the hospitality king
Midas showed Silenus the god Dionysus offered King Midas a wish for anything
King Midas greedy as he was quickly wished without thinking that everything he touched
be turned to gold. This would clearly make him the richest man in the
King Midas at his court
Dionysus kept his promise and as a result everything king Midas touched turned to gold.
King Midas then went round his palace and in glee turned all he could to
gold. King Midas then became hungry and decided it was time for him to eat,
at this time his wish turned against him.. Whatever king Midas touched
turned to gold .. even his food. In his great hunger king Midas no
longer longed for gold but for the most basic of foods. The
king begged the god Dionysus to take away his retched gift. The
god Dionysus pitying the king told him his touch could be removed by bathing
in the river Pactolus. King Midas quickly went and bathed in the
river, the river then became golden as a result of the
kings' body touching water. Till this day the
riverbank appears golden as a result of king Midas's golden touch.
For your interest take a
look at: Greek
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