Pygmalion and Galatea from Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Pygmalion was a sculptor who decided to carve a sculpture of a woman out of ivory. His statue was so beautiful and life-like that he couldn’t help but fall madly in love with it. 

When Aphrodite’s festival day came, he made an offering in her honour at the altar of Venus and wished that his statue would be turned to life.

Later that day, he kissed the ivory sculpture and instead of cold and hard ivory, the statue’s lips were soft and warm.

Venus had granted him his wish.

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