Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Terrible Fate of Intersex Children in Ancient Rome: Pliny, Nat. Hist. VII.34

TRIGGER WARNING: Infanticide, Human Trafficking

Giguntur et utriusque sexu quos hermaphroditos vocamus, olim androgynos vocatos et in prodigiis habitos, nunc vero in deliciis.

-- Pliny the Elder, Nat. Hist. VII.34

We call those born with characteristics of both sexes "hermaphrodites," [formerly called "androgynous"]. They were once considered bad omens, but now are used for entertainment.

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