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Pactolus

Pactolus

[pak-toh-luhs]
Pactolus, small river of ancient Lydia, W central Asia Minor (now Turkey), joining the Hermus (modern Gediz) after passing Sardis. It was famous for the gold washed from its sands, a source of wealth to the kings of Lydia.
Pactolus (Sart Çayı) is a river near the Aegean coast Turkey. The river rises from Mount Tmolus, flows through the ruins of the ancient city of Sardis, and empties into the Gediz River, the ancient Hermus. The Pactolus once contained gold sands that were the basis of the economy of the ancient state of Lydia. According to legend, King Midas divested himself of the golden touch by washing his hands in the river.

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