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In antiquity, Paphos, located on the western coast of Cyprus, was famous for its association with the mythological figure of Cinyras, believed to have been both a king and a priest of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. The kings of Paphos, often depicted in myths and legends, were believed to be descendants of Cinyras and held a significant place in the religious and cultural life of the region. One such character is Pygmalion, a legendary king of Cyprus associated with Paphos. According to myth, Pygmalion was a sculptor who fell in love with a statue he had created, which was brought to life by Aphrodite. This story, immortalized in Ovid's "Metamorphoses," illustrates the deep connection between the kings of Paphos and the mythological narratives surrounding the goddess Aphrodite. Additionally, archaeological excavations in the area have uncovered evidence of ancient settlements, including royal tombs and ceremonial sites, providing insights into the social and political structures of ancient Paphos. These findings suggest the existence of an elite that held power and influence in the region during ancient times. In mythology, the kings of Paphos are linked to ancient tradition and religious beliefs. Some of these kings are mentioned in various myths and legends, playing a significant role in the storytelling of ancient Cypriot history. Among them, the following are often mentioned:

  1. Cinyras: Considered one of the first kings of Paphos in mythology. According to the myth, he was a king and priest of Aphrodite and the father of Myrrha.

  2. Pygmalion: Pygmalion was a king of Cyprus who, according to myth, fell in love with a sculpture he had created and which came to life with the help of Aphrodite.

  3. Adonis: A beautiful youth who was a lover of Aphrodite and is believed to be associated with his death.

  4. Agapetos: Agapetos was a young man born from an apple tree planted by Aphrodite.

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