King Midas and The Golden Touch - A Greek Myth
KING MIDAS AND THE GOLDEN TOUCH
King Midas was and incredibly weathly king, and lived in a great palace with his daughter. However, Midas also had an immense obsession with his gold, and would often sit and count his coins during the day.
Midas was out walking one day when he came across one of Dionysus' companions, Silenus. Recognising him immediately, Midas invited him to stay in his palace for a few days before he returned him to Dionysus.
Impressed with Midas' kindness, Dionysus offered to reward him with one wish. Midas wished for everything to turn to gold upon his touch. Dionysus was hesitant to grant this wish, but did so as Midas assured him it was what he wanted.
Midas awoke the next morning, eager to test his new power. He began to touch objects around his palace, and turn them to gold, his bed, his side table, and anything else he could find...His new skill soon backfired however, when Midas hugged his daughter and turned her to gold...
This scared Midas a great deal. So he went to Dionysus to have him reverse the curse. Feeling sorry for Midas, Dionysus told him to go to the river Pactolus and wash his hands. As Midas did this, he saw all of the gold run out of his body beneath the water.
Upon returning back to his palace, Midas discovered that all of the objects he turned to gold (including his daughter) had returned to normal. From that moment onwards, Midas became a more caring and loving father and king, and was no longer controlled by his greed.
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