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What is the moral of King Midas?

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In Greek mythology, Midas (King Midas) is popularly remembered for his ability to turn everything he touched into gold: the "Midas touch". Dionysus offered Midas his choice of whatever reward he wanted. Midas asked that whatever he might touch should be changed into gold but when he beheld his food grow rigid and his drink harden into golden ice then he understood that this gift was a bane and in his loathing for gold cursed his prayer. Once Pan had the audacity to compare his music with that of Apollo, and to challenge Apollo, the god of the lyre, to a trial of skill. Then Apollo struck the strings of his lyre. Tmolus at once awarded the victory to Apollo, and all but Midas agreed with the judgment. He dissented, and questioned the justice of the award. Apollo would not suffer such a depraved pair of ears any longer, and caused them to become the ears of a donkey. Midas was mortified at this mishap. He attempted to hide his misfortune with an ample turban or headdress. But his ... more
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Midas was the name of the mythical king of Phrygia who was blessed by Dionysus with the power to turn every object he touched into gold. The greedy king lived in the city pf Pessinus in Phrygia in the Asia Minor region. As a child, King Midas was adopted by Gordias and Cybele. He was known for being a hedonist. He maintained a beautiful rose garden. He had one son named Lityerses. The Midas touch is a phrase that has come into the English language. This expression roughly means someone who is able to achieve great success or fame at whatever he or she tries his or her hand. more
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