Paphos, the daughter of Pygmalion and Galatea, married a Syrian named Sandocus, who was at the time living in Cyprus, but they built their home in the land of Cilicia and it was there that they had their son Cinyras.
At some point, Cilicia was struck by famine, so Cinyras and his friends set sail in the hope of discovering some more fertile land, thus coming to the island of Cyprus on the coast where Aphrodite was washed ashore.
Pleased with the land they had found, they built a town named Pafos (after his mother) and in the centre they built the temple of Aphrodite who they believed had guided them to her birthplace. Cinyras was the first king and high-priest of Pafos, a town that flourished and was peaceful.
Cinyras set up a Council of Nobles to provide stability. The power vested in the council was considerable; it could, if it wished veto the throne, appoint the successor or even in extreme circumstances depose the incumbent. However, executive decisions were left to the King.
King Cinyras had four sons Adonis, Amaraus, Kypros and Curius and six daughters Myrrha, Oresideke, Laogora, Breisis, Enna and Laodice.