paphos cyprus pygmalion

Not a lot of people know this, but the musical My Fair Lady originated in Cyprus. Well, the basis of the story started in Cyprus.

Pygmalion is a play by George Bernard Shaw which is a comedy about love and the English class system.
The play became famous as a motion picture in 1938, was later renamed as a stage musical called My Fair Lady (1956) and more famously became a musical film in 1964 starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn.

The storyline is derived for Ovid’s Metamorphosis. Pygmalion is a figure from Greek mythology, who was a King and sculptor in Cyprus. To cut a long story short, Pygmalion created a sculpture of his idea women. So perfect was his sculpture, he asked the goddess of love, Aphrodite to make his sculpture real.
And so, on Aphrodite’s festival day, Pygmalion made offerings at the altar of Aphrodite. He wished for a bride to be the living likeness of his sculpture.
On returning home, Pygmalion kissed his statue, and discovered its lips felt warm. He kissed it once more and to his surprise he found Aphrodite had granted his wish and the statue was alive.

Pygmalion married his sculpture which under Aphrodite’s blessing had become a real woman. The couple had a child which they named, Paphos. And the city of Paphos was named after Pygmalion’s child.

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