The Golden Touch (Part 1)

Midas was a king  who ruled the country of Phrygia. He had everything a anybody could wish for. He luxurious life in castle. A beautiful daughter to share his life and wealth with. Despite having everything or anything he has ever wanted, Midas thought that his greatest happiness was provided by gold. His spent his days counting his golden coins. He had a major obsession with money.

One day, Dionysus, the god of wine, passed through the Midas’s kingdom. One of his companions, a satyr named Silenus, was tired and decided to take a nap in the famous rose gardens surrounding the palace of King Midas. There, he was found by the king and his men. the king recognized the satyr immediately and insisted that he spend a few days at his palace. Afterwards, Midas took him to Dionysus. The god was grateful for Midas’s kindness, and promised Midas any wish of his would be granted. Midas though for a while and then he said I wish that everything I touch becomes gold. Dionysus warned the king to think about his wish, but Midas was repeated I wish that everything I touch becomes gold. Dionysus promised the king that from that following day everything he touched would turn into gold.

The next morning Midas, eager to see if the god kept his word touched everything he could. To his delight everything he touched turned to gold. Midas ran around in his delight (or madness, either is fine) all over his palace until he was exhausted and happy He ordered his servants to prepare food. while he waited he sat at the table and took a rose between his hands to smell its fragrance. However, when he touched the rose it became gold. disappointed that he could not smell the rose he accepted that he couldn’t touch the rose.

As soon as he received his food he grabbed his utensils and dug in. Unfortunately he realized that he was unable to eat or drink because as soon as the food touched his lips it turned to gold. No matter how hard he tried, everything he tried to eat turned to gold. Midas then understood why Dionysus had given his warning. His daughter then walked in and briefly forgetting about his power, Midas hugged her in greeting. To both their horror, she instantly turned to gold.

Midas went to Dionysusand desperately begged him to free him from this “curse”.  Midas ran to the river and his powers left him and flew through the waters. It is said the sands of the river turned gold, which would explain the rich minerals that were found in the river by the ancient people of the area.

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