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  • proper n. A river, formerly an important feature of ancient Lydia and said to contain gold; now rising and emptying in modern Turkey.


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  • The Pactolus was a river in Maeonia, famous on account of the quantity of gold it washed down.

    The Aeneid of Virgil Translated into English Verse by E. Fairfax Taylor

  • The Pactolus was a small river in ancient Lydia, what is now Turkey, famed for the gold that washed from its sands.

  • Pactolus was according to myth where King Midas washed away his golden touch. close window

    Notes on 'Economies of Excess in Brillat-Savarin, Balzac, and Baudelaire'

  • Wine, like a new Pactolus, rolls through languishing humanity an intellectual gold.

    Economies of Excess in Brillat-Savarin, Balzac, and Baudelaire

  • It was about the houses of these that revolved the sands of Pactolus, their fame exceeded that of the first men of


  • Interesting, especially if of later insertion, and perhaps given the historical basis of the story in some monument on the Pactolus, known to Xenophon.


  • The armament was mustering on the banks of the Pactolus, and they were to push forward presently to Thymbrara (the place which is still the mustering-ground for all the Asiatic subjects of the Great King west of Syria), and orders had been issued to open a market there.


  • Their general ordered the officer in charge of his baggage-train to cross the Pactolus and encamp, while his troopers, catching sight of stragglers from the


  • Sint Craesi et Crassi licet, non hos Pactolus aureas undas agens eripiet unquam e miseriis.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • 'Tis not his wealth can vindicate him, let him have Job's inventory, sint Craesi et Crassi licet, non hos Pactolus aureas undas agens, eripiat unquum e miseriis, Croesus or rich Crassus cannot now command health, or get himself a stomach.

    Anatomy of Melancholy


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