Once upon a time there was a king named Midas who lived in luxury in a great castle and owned a huge fortune. Best of all, Midas shared his life of abundance with his beautiful daughter. Despite being rich, Midas thought that his greatest happiness came from his gold. He would spend his days counting his golden coins because he believed happiness came from having a lot of money.
One day, Dionyssus, the god of wine and revelry, passed through the kingdom of Midas. One of his companions, a satyr named Silenus, got tired and took a nap near the palace of king Midas. The king invited him to spend a few days at his palace. Dionyssus, grateful to Midas for his kindness, offered Midas a wish as his reward. After thinking about what made him happy, Midas said, “I hope that everything I touch becomes gold.” Dionyssus warned the king to think about his wish, but Midas insisted that that was what he wanted. From that day on, everything Midas touched would turn into gold.
Midas touched a table that immediately turned into gold. Then he touched a chair, a door, and a bathtub until he had touched practically everything in his palace and turned it to gold. Seeing so much gold in his palace made him happy. However, when he tried to eat a grape, it turned to gold. Then he tried to eat a piece of bread and drink a glass of water, which both turned to gold.
When Midas's beloved daughter came into the room, Midas rushed to hug her, and turned her into a gold ...