The Story of the Source of Pactolus Collection
The River of Gold
Both mighty and foolish was king Midas, when his wish revealed a curse.
Cries of delight swiftly became pleas for help as he starved, surrounded by golden apples.
Dionysus heard his lamentations, ordering the selfish king to wash himself in the great river Pactolus.
Midas did as he was bade, and upon touching the river waters, the power flowed out from him. The sands of the river were turned to gold and his curse was broken.
The king then shunned all wealth and turned his hand to nature and the land. Orpheus showed him the way of the harp, Pan the way of the land.
This is the story of Midas, of greedy gold, black earth and deep red emotion.