C1895

Artist:

Theodor Grosse

Midas is also remembered for having acted as judge on the occasion of the musical contest between Apollo, playing the lyre, and Marsyas, playing the flute. Some say that Tmolus, father of Omphale (the mistress of Heracles 1), gave the … Read Full Description

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Artist:

Theodor Grosse

Photogravure

Image Size: 

275mm 
x 185mm
AUTHENTICITY
 - Antique Print from 1895

Genuine antique
dated:

1895

Midas is also remembered for having acted as judge on the occasion of the musical contest between Apollo, playing the lyre, and Marsyas, playing the flute. Some say that Tmolus, father of Omphale (the mistress of Heracles 1), gave the victory to Apollo, but that Midas held the opinion that it should rather have been given to Marsyas. It was then that Apollo addressed Midas and informed him: &quotYou will have ears to match the mind you have in judging&quot [Apollo to Midas. Hyginus, Fabulae 191] And as soon as the god have uttered those words, the ears of an ass appeared to adorn the head of the king of Phrygia. Others assert, however, that this contest was between Apollo’s lyre and Pan’s reeds, and that it was the mountain god Tmolus who decided in favour of Apollo. They tell that Tmolus&#8212after whom the mountain in Maeonia, Asia Minor, north of the river Cayster, is called&#8212was married to Omphale, the mistress of Heracles 1. All approved Tmolus’ judgement, but Midas called it unjust, and then Apollo punished him in that he would wear the ears of an ass.

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