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King Midas In the winter of 1985-6, Dr Veli Sevin of Istanbul University visited Richard Neave to enquire about the reconstruction process. He seemed most interested in the technique, especially the problems associated with the soft parts of the face. He finally confessed the reason for this interest - he believed that he had the skull of Midas, king of the Phrygians in the late eighth and early seventh century BCE.
King Midas and the Golden Touch by Kinuko Y. Craft This is a visual representation of how King Midas made a grave mistake in his choice in wishes. It shows him alone and unhappy. No doubt he felt he would be quite the opposite when asking his wish to be granted. This goes to show how he should have headed the warning and been careful for what he wished for.
King Midas and the Golden Touch by Kinuko Y. Craft A timely artwork showing the transformation of this castle as King Midas makes his way down the stairs. He is unable to control the power, a reality unbeknownst to him at the time of his request. Desired or not, EVERYTHING turns to gold that he touches.
In the Nathaniel Hawthorne version of the Midas myth, Midas's daughter turns to a statue when he touches her. Illustration by Walter Crane for the 1893 edition King Midas is remembered in Greek mythology for his ability to turn everything he touched into gold. This came to be called the Golden touch, or the Midas touch. The Phrygian city Midaeum was presumably named after Midas, and this is probably also the Midas that according to Pausanias founded Ancyra.