The Myth of King Midas and his Golden Touch

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Kelly Macquire
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published on 12 February 2023

Midas, the mythological king of Phrygia in Asia Minor or Anatolia (modern-day Turkey) was the son of Gordias, and in some accounts, Cybele, the Phrygian Mother Goddess. He is best known from the myth where he is given the gift of turning everything he touches into gold, known as his golden touch. Midas may or may not have been a real person, but his legendary status continues through the myths concerning him.

After helping Silenus, a satyr, and companion of the greek god of wine, Dionysus, the god thanked the king by offering him anything he wished in gratitude. Midas was already a rich and powerful king but this only made him want to be wealthier and more powerful. So he wished that everything he touched would turn to gold - and his wish was granted.

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— CHAPTERS —
0:00​ Introduction
0:54 King Midas and his Golden Touch
4:16 King Midas and his Donkey Ears
5:59 Outro

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Midas https://www.worldhistory.org/midas/
Dionysus https://www.worldhistory.org/Dionysos/
Satyr https://www.worldhistory.org/satyr/
Gold in Antiquity https://www.worldhistory.org/gold/
Phrygia https://www.worldhistory.org/phrygia/
Gordium https://www.worldhistory.org/Gordium/
Greek Mythology https://www.worldhistory.org/Greek_Mythology/

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Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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Macquire, K. (2023, February 12). The Myth of King Midas and his Golden Touch. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2908/the-myth-of-king-midas-and-his-golden-touch/

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Macquire, Kelly. "The Myth of King Midas and his Golden Touch." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified February 12, 2023. https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2908/the-myth-of-king-midas-and-his-golden-touch/.

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Macquire, Kelly. "The Myth of King Midas and his Golden Touch." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 12 Feb 2023. Web. 25 May 2024.

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