Classical Antiquity

Garden Hybrids

Hermaphrodite Images in the Roman House

Fig. 3: Pergamon Hermaphrodite, Istanbul Archaeology Museum (Photo: Tarah Csaszar). Reproduced with permission of Tarah Csaszar.A visitor to the House of Octavius Quartio in the spring of ad 79, walking from the portico down the length of the lower euripus that bisected its spacious garden would have encountered, upon reaching the end and turning right to walk up the other side, a small marble statue of a hermaphrodite situated about four meters away against the rear wall of the garden (Fig. 1). Reclining on hir back, eyes shut, the sleeping figure’s drapery slipped down to reveal a full-frontal nude with female breasts and male genitalia. In 1922 a visitor moving through the house would have had a different encounter. Read More.


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Classical Antiquity: 34 (1)

Vol. 34 No. 1, April 2015
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ISSN: 0278-6656
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