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(Greek Mortal) MIDAS

Also known as KING MIDAS

Son of Gordius and King of Phrygia in Asia Minor. His dad became king by accident having previously been a peasant, Midas saw the huge difference wealth made and decided there was nothing more valuable than valuables.

Fresh back from from a trip to Asia with Dionysus, Silenus drank himself senseless and fell asleep in the vinyard of Midas to sleep it off. The farmhands bound and gagged him but he was recognized by Midas who hoped generous hospitality would surely lead to rewards of the financial variety. Sure enough Dionysus was well chuffed with the kings generous, if fake, kindness towards his pissed up friend and granted the king one wish... He wished that everything he touched turned to gold.

Taking his daughter by the hand he lead her into his world famous rose garden to show her the miracles of daddys new found Midas touch he turned to ask what on earth she had been eating to make her weigh about a metric ton and to his horror found himself lugging a life size golden statue of her.

It was becoming painfully obvious that his wish that should have been a blessing was actually a curse. Golden drink was beginning to stick in his throat, his complextion was suffering as there are few nutrients in golden delicous apples, especially if they're made from real gold, and he was too terrified to go to the toilet. But fortunately there was a cure. Dionysus suggested he go bath in the Pactolus and his curse would just wash away, which also explains why this particular river is such a hot spot for gold dust panners.

With a new found fear of wealth Midas moved to the country and became a follower of Pan, but kept up his knack of making foolish decisions when he disagreed with Tomolos's judgement during a Greek version of duelling banjo's between his favourite satyr and Apollo.

Apollo won by a mile and everone agreed except for Midas who thought that Pan's pan pipes had no equal. Apollo took this very badly and the king found himself adorned with a pair of huge donkeys ears to improve his obviously dodgy hearing.

Though they were easily hidden under a huge hat they stood out like a sore thumb when he visited his barber, and while you can't be laughing at your monarch, no matter how good a stylist you are, the royal hair cropper just had to tell someone. Digging a whole and whispering the kings secrets into it seemed harmless enough at the time, but when reeds grew from it and the wind got up the secrets were carried far and wide on the breeze.
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Parents : Gordius
Spouse : Don't know, sorry
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'MIDAS' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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