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Notebook, 1993-

ANCIENT GREEK CULTURE

[From: Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]

Asclepios - Atlas - Boreas - Charites - Cybele - Dryads - Eos - Erinyes - Eros - Gaea - Gigantes - Gorgons - Hades - Harpies - Hebe - Helios - Hermaphroditus - Hestia - Horae - Iris - Kronos - Maenads - Moirai - Muses - Naiads - Nereids - Nereus - Nymphs - Oceanides - Oceanos - Pan - Persephone - Priapus - Prometheus - Rhea - Satyrs - Seilenoi - Seilenos - Selene - Themis - Thetis - Triton - Zephyros

Hermaphroditus

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Hermaphroditus was the son of Aphrodite and of Hermes, endowed with the beauty of both deities. When a grown youth he was bathing in a fountain wherein dwelt the nymph Samalcis who fell in love with him. Samalcis embraced him pleading for his love, which he rejected, but she prayed to the gods that she might be indissolubly united with him. The prayer was answered, and a being sprang into existence which united the qualities of male and female. Of Eastern origin, Hermaphroditus came to Greece through Cyprus. In the early period, in Cyprus, a masculine Aphroditus with beard and female garb, possessing a phallus, was worshipped side by side with the goddess Aphrodite. When this masculine Aphroditus came to Greece he changed character and became a god of dual nature known as Hermaphroditus. [p. 48]

[Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]




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