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Pygmalion
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(Πυγμαλίων; Pygmalíōn). Greek name, derived from πυγμή/pygmḗ, ('fist') [1].

[German version]

[1] King of Tyre, brother of Dido

King of Tyre, killed the husband of his sister Elissa or Dido out of greed (Timaeus FGrH 566 F 82; Verg. Aen. 1,343-364).

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[2] Grandfather of Adonis

For the Cypriot king P. too, Phoenician descent is attested (Porph. De abstinentia 4,15); through his daughter who married Cinyras, the progenitor of the Paphian priest-kings, he became th…

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Gauly, Bardo Maria (Kiel), “Pygmalion”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 26 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1014950>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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