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Pygmalion and Galatea



This is actually a Latin myth: Pygmalion, king of Cyprus, was extremely dissatisfied with the vain and loose women of his kingdom.

Instead of seeking a mate, he spends his time carving from marble his ideal woman, whom he lovingly refers to as Galatea (not the same as the one in a previous entry).

At a festival honouring Cyprus's patron goddess Aphrodite, he prays for a wife like his statute. Aphrodite is charmed by his devotion.

When he returns to his home, he embraces the marble to find that it returns his hugs. Aphrodite has granted him his wish - Galatea is alive.




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