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Midas, in Greek mythology, king of Phrygia who was given the power by the god Dionysus to turn whatever he touched into gold. At first a cause for celebration, this power soon became a curse when even Midas' food turned to gold. With the aid of Dionysus, Midas was able to reverse his powers by bathing himself in the Pactolus River.

See also: Mythology.

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