Mythology & Beliefs: Pygmalion
In Greek and Roman Mythology, Pygmalion was the king of Cyprus; carved ivory statue of maiden
which Aphrodite gave life as Galatea.
Pygmalion in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
1. A king of Cyprus and father of Metharme. (Apollod. 3.14.3.)
He is said to have fallen in love with the ivory image of a
maiden which he himself had made, and therefore to have prayed
to Aphrodite to breathe life into it. When the request was
granted, Pygmalion married his beloved, and became by her the
father of Paphus. (Ov. Met. 10.243, &c.) 2. A son of Belus and
brother of Dido. (Verg. A. 1.347 Ov. Fast. 3.574.) - A
Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William
Pygmalion in Wikipedia
Pygmalion is a legendary figure of Cyprus. Though Pygmalion
 is the Greek version of the Phoenician royal name
Pumayyaton, he is most familiar from Ovid's Metamorphoses,
X, in which Pygmalion was a sculptor who fell in love with a
statue he had carved.
In Ovid's narrative, Pygmalion was a Cypriot sculptor who
carved a woman out of ivory. According to Ovid, after seeing
the Propoetides prostituting themselves (more accurately, they
denied the divinity of Aphrodite and she thus ‘reduced’ them
to prostitution), he was 'not interested in women', but his
statue was so fair and realistic that he fell in love with it.
In the vertex, Venus (Aphrodite)'s festival day came. For the
festival, Pygmalion made offerings to Venus and made a wish.
"I sincerely wished the ivory sculpture will be changed to a
real woman." However, he couldn’t bring himself to express it.
When he returned home, Cupid sent by Venus kissed the ivory
sculpture on the hand. At that time, it was changed to a
beautiful woman. A ring was put on her finger. It was Cupid’s
ring which made love achieved. Venus granted his wish...
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