Art: Missing Link

At the time of Homer there lived, deep in the interior of Asia Minor, a great king named Midas. The Greeks were awed by his enormous wealth, amused by his odd taste in music. To celebrate the first they grew the legend of the "Midas touch." The king had once wished, they said, that everything he touched would turn to gold, and his wish was granted, even to the inclusion of whatever touched his lips. Before the laughing gods allowed him to rescind his wish, Midas almost died of thirst. As for his taste in music, Midas had the long, pointed...

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