Saturday, January 4, 2020

A Marble Hermaphroditus: Martial, Epigr. XIV.174

TRIGGER WARNING: The intersex mythological figure Hermaphroditus was portrayed frequently as a curiosity in ancient Roman art.

Masculus intravit fontis: emersit utrumque:
pars est una patris, cetera matris habet.

--Martial, Epigr. XIV.174

He entered the spring, but they emerged from it.
Their body has one part of a man's; the rest is a woman's.

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