The Golden Touch: A Greek Myth by Russell Hicks
Prometheus & The Fire - King Midas and the Golden Touch - Greek Mythology
Once upon a time, a long time ago in ancient Greece, there lived a king named Midas. King Midas loved three things more than anything else in the world - his little daughter, his rose garden, and gold. Nothing gave him more pleasure than seeing his little daughter picking roses in the garden, roses she placed in a golden vase to decorate the castle.
The Myth of Midas’ Golden Touch
Midas , in Greek and Roman legend , a king of Phrygia , known for his foolishness and greed. The stories of Midas, part of the Dionysiac cycle of legends , were first elaborated in the burlesques of the Athenian satyr plays. According to the myth , Midas found the wandering Silenus, the satyr and companion of the god Dionysus. For his kind treatment of Silenus Midas was rewarded by Dionysus with a wish. The king wished that all he touched might turn to gold , but when his food became gold and he nearly starved to death as a result, he realized his error.
The most famous King Midas is popularly remembered in Greek mythology for his ability to turn everything he touched into gold. This came to be called the golden touch , or the Midas touch. However, Homer does not mention Midas or Gordias , while instead mentioning two other Phrygian kings, Mygdon and Otreus. Another King Midas ruled Phrygia in the late 8th century BC, up until the sacking of Gordium by the Cimmerians , when he is said to have committed suicide. Most historians believe this Midas is the same person as the Mita , called king of the Mushki in Assyrian texts, who warred with Assyria and its Anatolian provinces during the same period. A third Midas is said by Herodotus to have been a member of the royal house of Phrygia and the grandfather of an Adrastus who fled Phrygia after accidentally killing his brother and took asylum in Lydia during the reign of Croesus.
Illustrated Guide to Mythology
Midas was a mythical king of Phrygia who was famous for his ability to change anything that he touched into solid gold. He was also famous for a more unfortunate trait, his donkey ears. These he gained as punishment for judging Pan the better musician than Apollo. In other versions of the myth Midas actually drugged the pool from which the satyr drank and thereby captured him so that he could learn from his wisdom. This scene was popular on Greek pottery from c. Midas, nevertheless, gave the satyr food and drink to restore his spirits and returned him to his great companion, Dionysos , the god of wine.
King Midas of Phrygia is best known for his ability to turn everything he touches into gold. Unfortunately, this gift turned into a curse very quickly for him. King Midas was a wealthy king who loved gold and believed that wealth should only lie in the hands of kings. There are two versions of his myth. To thank Midas for returning Silenus, Dionysus offered him any gift he wanted. Midas asked to be able to turn everything he touched into gold.
The son of Gordias and Cybele — or at least their adopted child — Midas was the not-so-smart king of Phrygia who is today popularly remembered as the man with the golden touch. Pan musical contest. So, instead of punishing him, Midas welcomed him in his palace, where his servants fed and entertained him for no less than ten nights. Now, Midas could have asked for almost anything, but he opted for a somewhat strange though, at first sight, also imaginative thing: he asked Dionysus that he should be able to turn into gold everything he touched. His wish granted, Midas went away trying it out. He first turned some twigs into gold and then some stones. Afterward, he did the same to an ear of corn and some apples.