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King Midas Judging the Musical Contest between Apollo and Pan. 17th century painting by Filippo Lauri

King Midas Judges a Music Contest

When wandering the hillside in search of peace, one day King Midas changed upon a music contest between Pan and Apollo.
King Midas painting by Michelangelo Cerquozzi (Rome 1602-1660)

King Midas and the Golden Touch

When the god Bacchus grants King Midas a wish, he asks for the ability to turn anything he touches into gold.
Orpheus and his lute

Orpheus and his Lute

When Orpheus loses his wife Eurydice to a snakebite, he ventures into Hades to try to win her back.
Pygmalion and the Statue

Pygmalion and the Statue

Master sculptor Pygmalion falls in love with the statue of a woman he is carving.
William Tell and the Apple

William Tell and the Apple

Legendary Swiss hero William Tell is forced by a tyrant to shoot an apple off the top of his son's head.
Androclus and the Lion

Androclus and the Lion

Androclus, a runaway slave, befriends a lion with a thorn in its paw.
The Life of Aesop

Who is Aesop?

Aesop, according to the best accounts, was a native of Phrygia, a province of the Lesser Asia, and born in the city Coti├Žum. He was a person of a remarkable genius, and extraordinary character; for though he was born a slave, by the assistance of his genius and virtue, he procured his own emancipation.
Hansel and Grethel: A Grimm Fairy Tale

Hansel and Gretel

Once upon a time there dwelt near a large wood a poor woodcutter, with his wife and two children by his former marriage, a little boy called Hansel, and a girl named Grethel. He had little enough to break or bite; and once, when there was a great famine in the land, he could not procure even his daily bread

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Editor of WorldFolklore.net and AmericanFolklore.net, S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press. She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author.
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