King Midas is a figure from Greek mythology who is popularly remembered for his ability to turn everything he touched into gold -- the Midas touch. In Ovid's version of the story, King Midas discovers the satyr Silenus, who has been missing after a night of drinking. Midas entertains Silenus and then returns him to Silenus' son Dionysus, the god of wine. Grateful, Dionysus grants Midas the magical power to turn everything that he touches into gold. Midas is pleased with the gift until he finds that he can't eat or drink without the food turning into gold in his hands.
Mysteries and destructions
Archaeology of the Minotaur, Ariadne, and Daedalus
Did you know that when you visit Crete you are walking in the footsteps of the Gods? Back in the distant past, when the ancient Minoan Civilisation flourished on the island of Crete, there lived a great king known as Minos. Historians believe that 'Minos' may actually have been a title given to all Minoan kings, but to the early Greeks, Minos appears as one single, powerful figure. Many fantastical stories were woven around him, and he has come to hold an important place in classical Greek mythology. According to legend, Minos was a mighty king and a great warrior, rumoured to be a son of the Greek god Zeus and the mortal woman Europa. He had a wife, Pasiphae, and three children: Androgeus, Ariadne and Phaedra. His splendid labyrinthine palace at Knossos was built for him by the great genius Daedalus. He was a strong character, but he was also very harsh, and not well liked.
The first palace
Every seven years, he made King Aegeus pick seven young boys and seven young girls to be sent to Daedalus 's creation, the labyrinth , to be eaten by the Minotaur. After his death, Minos became a judge of the dead in the underworld. There is a name in Minoan Linear A mi-nu-te that may be related to Minos. According to La Marle's reading of Linear A,  which has been heavily criticised as arbitrary,  we should read mwi-nu ro-ja Minos the king on a Linear A tablet. The royal title ro-ja is read on several documents, including on stone libation tables from the sanctuaries, where it follows the name of the main god, Asirai the equivalent of Sanskrit Asura , and of Avestan Ahura. La Marle suggests that the name mwi-nu Minos is expected to mean ' ascetic ' as Sanskrit muni , and fits this explanation to the legend about Minos sometimes living in caves on Crete. If royal succession in Minoan Crete descended matrilinearly— from the queen to her firstborn daughter— the queen's husband would have become the Minos , or war chief. He lived at Knossos for periods of nine years, where he received instruction from Zeus in the legislation which he gave to the island.
Minos , legendary ruler of Crete; he was the son of Zeus , the king of the gods, and of Europa , a Phoenician princess and personification of the continent of Europe. Minos obtained the Cretan throne by the aid of the Greek god Poseidon , and from Knossos or Gortyn he gained control over the Aegean islands, colonizing many of them and ridding the sea of pirates. He married Pasiphae, the daughter of Helios, who bore him, among others, Androgeos, Ariadne , and Phaedra, and who was also the mother of the Minotaur. Minos successfully warred against Athens and Megara to obtain redress after his son Androgeos was killed by the Athenians.