King Midas is famous in Greek mythology for his ability to turn everything he touched into gold. There are many legends about him.
In one, Midas was king of Pessinus, a city of Phrygia, who as a child was adopted by the king Gordias and Cybele. Some accounts place the youth of Midas in Mount Vermion.
There, at the foot of Mount Vermion, was a wild rose garden in which Herodotus refers as “the Garden of Midas”. Beautiful unique roses with surpassing fragrance grew themselves, each bearing sixty blossoms. King Midas was the first person ever to plant a rose garden and he loved to spend his days feasting and listening to music.
One day, he found that his old schoolmaster and foster father, the satyr Silenus, was missing.The old satyr had been drinking wine and wandered away drunk, to be found by some Phrygian peasants who carried him to their king, Midas. Midas recognized him and treated him hospitably, entertaining him for ten days and nights with politeness, while Silenus delighted Midas and his friends with stories and songs. On the eleventh day, he brought Silenus back to Dionysus in Lydia. Dionysus offered Midas his choice of whatever reward he wished for. Midas asked that whatever he might touch should be changed into gold. Midas rejoiced in his new power, which he hastened to put to the test. He touched an oak twig and a stone; both turned to gold. Soon, he understood that this was not a gift. He prayed to Dionysus and he heard his prayer, and consented; telling Midas to wash in the river Pactolus. Midas did so, and when he touched the waters, the power flowed into the river, and the river sands turned into gold. This explained why the river Pactolus was so rich in gold.