Hermaphroditus


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(Greek mythology) son of Hermes and Aphrodite who merged with the nymph Salmacis to form one body

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This impression leads him to see how her current bodily position, lying on the ground as his model, mimics the bodily position of Hermaphroditus in the myth most famously retold in Ovid's Metamorphoses.
At fifteen, Hermaphroditus stands on the verge between adolescence and adulthood.
In this picture Salamacis shows herself to be a calculating and ruthless wrestler, her gaze fixed and her abdominal muscles flexed, as she prises Hermaphroditus back over her thigh.
On the Renaissance Ovid see Leonard Barkan, The Gods Made Flesh: Metamorphosis and the Pursuit of Paganism (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986), and my essay, "The Mirror of Hermaphroditus," Sty/e 36 (2002): 169-85.
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In his Metamorphoses, Ovid tells the story of Hermaphroditus watched by the nymph Salmacis as he slips into the water for a solitary swim:
Given the attention that a work like Panormita's Hermaphroditus (the main target of Rho's Philippic) claimed on the minds of humanists and their patrons, it is surprising that a recent study of highly-charged language in the period (Martines's Strong Words [2001]) should be nearly silent on the subject of humanistic discussions of obscenity, or the legal status of libel and slander in the period.
Since its birth, the festival has awarded some of the world's best programming with the coveted and well-recognized Gold "Salmacis" Nymph--a trophy from Francois-Joseph Bosio statue on display at the Louvre, the Salmacis being the nymph who merged with Hermaphroditus to form one body.
After the lovesick nymph Salmakis had lured the unwilling Hermaphroditus into her fountain, she embraced him so ardently as to form henceforward one double-sexed hermaphroditic being.
In Francis Beaumont's Ovidian epyllion Salmacis and Hermaphroditus, there is a linguistic, as opposed to an anatomical, formation of the hermaphrodite.
Everywhere superb are Hughes's reinventions of the Flood, of Phaethon's fall, of Semele's demise ("In that splinter of a second, / Before her blazing shape / Became a silhouette of sooty ashes"), of the savage murder of Actaeon, of the rending of Pentheus, of Tereus's mutation (note that Hughes chooses, strangely, to name this tale for its villain, not its victims), of the killing of Niobe's children, of Hercules on his agonizing pyre (a rococo posturing in the original, by Hughes drained of its mirth and made genuinely scary), of Hermaphroditus fused with Salmacis, who
The perfect case in point is the season's top lot, Ludovico Carracci's splendid Salmacis and Hermaphroditus (Fig.
2) But the Hermaphroditus brought increasingly vociferous critics as well, before whom Panormita would have to defend not only his work but also his life and morals.
More untouched canvases are unveiled in Christie's paintings sale on 6 July, not least another rediscovery: Ludovico Carracci's unlined Salmacis and Hermaphroditus from Knole in Kent, where it may well have been since the 17th century.