Sunday, July 7, 2024

The Transformation of Iphis

Iphis, your father Lygdus betrothed you to Ianthe,

But he didn’t know you didn’t have a man’s body.

And Isis came to the rescue:

For your mother Telethusa watched in wonder

As her Iphis entered the temple a girl

and left it as a boy.  

--Iohannis Posthius, Tetrasticha in Ovidii Metamorphoses (1580)

 Iphi tibi Lygdus genitor despondet Ianthen,

Sed nihil heu tete nescit habere viri.

Adfert Isis opem, nam quae modo templa subibas

femina, te puerum mater abire videt.

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