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King Midas - Ancient Myth

King Midas is a legend that many of us have at least heard of sometime during our lives. As the legend goes, Bacchus found his school master who was also his foster father Silenus had disappeared. Silenus had been drink and had wandered off. Silenus was found by peasants and took him to King Midas. Midas knew who he was immediately and took care of him for ten days and nights until he recovered.

On the eleventh day, King Midas took him back to his school where he could begin to teach again. Bacchus was so overjoyed that he asked King Midas what he would like for repayment of his troubles and his great care for the old school master. King Midas did not think very long before he exclaimed the words, I would like everything I touch to turn to gold. Bacchus granted King Midas his wish and he went on his way.

He was amazed as he headed back toward home, everything he touched from a twig on a tree to a rock turned magically into gold. King Midas was overjoyed with his new found talent.

Once he arrived at home, he ordered the servants to prepare a wonderful feast. Then the bad news hit King Midas, everything he touched during the feast turned to gold. He could not eat a bite of food or take a drink of wine, as it would immediately turn to gold.

He began to hate this precious gift as he was slowing starving to death. He raised his arms to Bacchus and begged to be delivered from this curse. Bacchus then told King Midas. "Go, to the river Pactolus, trace the stream to its fountain-head, there plunge in your head and body and wash away your fault and its punishment."

King Midas did just as Bacchus instructed and shortly afterward, the sands of the river turned to gold. It is believed the sand of the Pactolus River still has sands of gold.


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