The oldest Satyr, who was Pan or Hermes's son and Dionysus tutor. He was always drunk and sometimes prophecied the future. King Midas once had Silenus as a guest, and was so hospitable that Dionysus granted him any wish. This is how Midas aquired his golden touch.

According to another version Midas managed to trick Silenus into his garden by pouring his well there with wine. By accomplishing this, Silenus shared some of his wisdom to the king: that man is happiest unborn, and if born, happiest if he dies soon.

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