Hermaphrodite (in Greek old Έρμαφρόδιτος / Hermaphróditos ) is a character of the Greek Mythologie. By extension, its name was used to indicate what joins together the characteristics of the two sexes.
MythWire of Hermes and Aphrodite, as her name indicates it, he inherits with his birth, on the mount Ida de Troade, of the beauty of his two parents. Bathing in the lake of Decay inhabited by the nymph Salmacis, that Ci éprend of the beautiful teenager. As it pushes back its advances, she it étreint of force and begs Poséidon, her father, to be plain with him for always. The wish is exaucé and they form nothing any more but one bisexué being, at the same time male and female. Hermaphrodite makes another wish then, that any man bathing in the lake of the nymph would also see himself equipped to him with feminine attributes.
RepresentationsHermaphrodite was a frequent subject of inspiration. In Sculpture, the most famous representation is that of the Hermaphrodite deadened , statue of the hellenistic time, whose copies appear in the Palais Massimo ale Terme and in the Galerie Borghèse with Rome like with the Musée of Louvre to Paris and with the Museum of Lille. Back, Hermaphrodite shows a body with the grace and with the female curves, other, the spectator sees the anatomical curiosity of the character.
The representations of Hermaphrodite are widespread in the mythological paintings on erotic subject appraisals by the company Roman and discovered at the century in the cities of the Vesuvius, in particular with Pompéi. The secret Cabinet of the national archaeological Musée of Naples preserves five of them: Hermaphrodite (inv. 9224), Side and Hermaphrodite (inv. 27700), Old Satyr and Hermaphrodite (inv. 27875), Satyr and Hermaphrodite (inv. 27701), Satyr trying to link in Hermaphrodite (inv. 110878).
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