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(Πυγµαλίων [Pygmalíōn]; Latin Pygmalio)

A. Myth

The Ovidian version of the P. myth (Ov. Met. 10,243–297) that determined its reception was probably preceded by a richer tradition which, however, is now accessible only in outline, attested only in late-ancient and early Christian accounts. P. is mentioned as a king of the Cypriots (Porph. de abstinentia 4,15, where he is also said to be of Phoenician descent), and one genealogy (Apollod. 3,181f.) makes…

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Martin, Dieter, “Pygmalion”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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