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King Midas's Daughter in King Midas

Most people who know the story of King Midas will remember that Midas accidently turned his daughter into a golden statue. But here's the funny thing: most ancient stories make no mention of Midas having a daughter.

Huh?

That's right. Ovid, our main man, doesn't mention a daughter. Neither do the Greek historians, Herodotus and Xenophon, whom scholars often look to for answers about the Greek world.

We're not exactly sure when the daughter came into the picture, but we do know that Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlet Letter guy) included it in his story called "The Golden Touch."

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