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King Midas was a very wealthy king that collected gold as a hobby, One day,when he was counting his wealth,he saw an old man asleep under a tree.It was Silenus from the court of Dionysus,the god of wine.
Midas was cunning and treated Silenus like a king for ten days before taking him back to Dionysus.Dionysus was grateful for the care lavished on his old servant and told King Midas that he would grant any wish he made,Midas asked that anything he touched would turn to gold.Dionysus granted his wish but warned him about his greed.
Midas was very happy.He touched a tree and it turned to gold.He touched the walls of his palace and it turned to gold.He touched his horse,then his servant,his food and finally his children.Everything turned to gold.
Midas began to feel very unhappy.He could not eat,sleep,drink or touch anything because everything turned to gold.He missed his children dreadfully.
Midas went and told Dionysus that he wanted to get rid of his golden touch.He decided to take pity on him and told him him to go and bathe in the river Pactolus.
Midas washed himself and the gold washed away.He took lots of jugs and washed his palace walls,his children,his servants,his horse and the whole palace until it was all back to normal.
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