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Midas and the Touch of Gold
Midas was a legendary king of Phrygia, and famous for his extraordinary wealth. Because of a favor he once did to Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, Dionysus promised the king that he would grant his every wish. Greedily, Midas asked the god to turn everything he touched into gold.
At first, Midas seemed overwhelmed with joy, but he soon realized that he had made a terrible mistake, for his touch was cursed to turn even his food and drink into gold.
Horrified, the king turned to Dionysus to reverse his wish, and Dionysus told him to go and wash away his golden touch. So King Midas went to purify himself in the river Pactolus, thus transferring his power to the river. Since then it is said that the river is brimming with gold nuggets.