The Woman Elizabeth Windsor and the Cult Image of Queen Elizabeth

These women’s scandalous way of life was observed by a sculptor, Pygmalion. Sick of the vices with which the female sex has been so richly endowed, he chose for a number of years to remain unmarried, without a partner to share his bed. In the course of time he successfully carved an amazingly skilful statue in ivory, white as snow, an image of perfect feminine beauty – and fell in love with his own creation. This heavenly woman appeared to be real; you’d surely suppose her alive and ready to move…

Orpheus’ Song: Pygmalion, Metamorphosis by Ovid (translated by Henry Raeburn)

The story of Galatea, first attested in Philostephanus’s De Cypro (The Story of Cyprus) but most well-known from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, is deeply tied to the history of the Cult Image. The sculptor Pygmalion crafted the statue of a woman from ivory. He was so taken with his creation that he fell in love with it: he prayed to the gods to make her real. Aphrodite heard, and granted his request. Various misadventures followed, and as is the case in mythology, variants emerged over time – but the central concept of a statue brought to life following the wish of the sculptor remained.

It came to mind with current events.

2 thoughts on “The Woman Elizabeth Windsor and the Cult Image of Queen Elizabeth

  1. benmadigan says:

    Very original point of view.
    Here are some other thoughts on the person https://eurofree3.wordpress.com/2022/09/16/now-that-shes-not-here/

  2. OG says:

    The monarch only has the power to give his opinion in a weekly private meeting with the prime minister. That opinion foes not have to be followed. The monarch also can make non-political speeches and meet with leaders of other countries. In those meeting the monarch has no power other than giving an opinion which can be ignored. No power except a pulpit from which to give advice that does not have to be taken.

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