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The Evolution of Classic Tales

Laphams Quarterly has published a map that shows how four classic stories – Pygmalion, Oedipus, Faust and Leviathan –  have evolved over the centuries.

For example, Pygmalion can be traced thus:

  • Cypriaca c.250 BC, Cyrene;
  • Metamorphoses c. 5th century poem, Rome;
  • La Roman de la Rose 1225 poem, Lorris;
  • The Winter’s Tale 1611 play, London;
  • Pygmalion 1734 ballet, London;
  • Pygmalion and Galatea 1890 painting, Paris;
  • Pygmalion 1912 play, London;
  • My Fair Lady 1956 musical, NYC;
  • She’s All That 1999 movie, Los Angeles.

The authors are clearly not fans of reality TV or they would have added:

  • Faking It 2000, TV series, London (and the world)


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