Pactolus

Pactolus (păktōˈləs) [key], 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.

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