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Πακτωλός). A small but celebrated river of Lydia, rising on Mount Tmolus, and flowing past Sardis into the Hermus. The golden sands of Pactolus have passed into a proverb, and were one of the sources of the wealth of ancient Lydia (Herod.v. 101; Verg. Aen. x. 142). For the fabulous origin of the gold, see Midas.

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