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PYGMALION

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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 677 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PYGMALION, in Greek mythology, son of Cilix, and grandson of Agenor, king of Cyprus. He fell in love with an ivory statue he had made; Aphrodite granted life to the image, and Pygmalion married the miraculously-born virgin (Ovid, Metam. x. 243). There is no ancient authority for the introduction of the name Galatea into the story. Pygmalion is also the name given in Virgil (Aeneid, i, 347) to a king of Tyre, who murdered Sychaeus, the husband of his sister Dido.
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