Pygmalion is a figure from Greek mythology. His name is the Greek derivative of the Phoenician name Pumayyaton

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Aphrodite grants Pygmalion's wish

In Myth

A resident of Cyprus, Pygmalion grew disinterested in women after seeing the Propoetides, sisters who denied the divinity of Venus/Aphrodite and took to prostitution. Nevertheless Pygmalion, being a master sculptor, sculpted a woman from ivory. On the day of Aphrodite's festival, Pygmalion prayed for a bride who would be the likeness of his ivory statue. When he returned home he kissed the statue, which warmed under his touch as Aphrodite had granted Pygmalion's wish. Pygmalion later married the ivory woman, who was later given the name "Galataea".

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