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Pygmalion and Galatea

 

Pygmalion who lived at Amathus was dedicated to his work as a sculptor and was not interested in women. Aphrodite took pity in him and took the form of the most beautiful woman and appeared before him in a dream. When Pygmalion awoke, he recalled his dream and set out to carve this lovely creature. He created a statue made of ivory and fell in love with it, to the extent that he would talk to it and gather flowers for it.

On the day of Aphrodite's festival at Amathus, Pygmalion took with him an offering of great value and prayed that his statue be given life. Aphrodite was moved and helped him by granting him his favor.

When he returned home, Pygmalion found the statue was alive, named her Galatea and asked her to be his wife. Galatea accepted and nine months later they had a daughter named Paphos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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