Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Midas, a king of Phrygia, who in return for a service done to Silenus, was granted the power of changing everything into gold by his touch. Finding the boon somewhat of a burden, he bathed in the waters of Pactolus in order to rid himself of it. Gold washings are now found in the bed of this stream. Among stories related of him is the one of his being given ass's ears by Apollo because in a flute contest he decided in favour of his rival Pan.