B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)
School of Art
When dealing with ancient artifacts, scholars often forget that they are dealing with a completely different culture from their own. It is the aim of this paper to not only re-emphasize the fact that Western culture has only been influenced by Rome, not born from it, but also to attempt to create a valid scenario that puts the reader into a similar mindset as that of the Roman viewer. This study outlines and describes the Roman sexual system in order to establish the existence of negative/contradictory categories to which some people may be associated. The study then dissects the portion of Ovid’s Metamorphoses that deals with Hermaphroditus to show the linguistic inflection that emphasized the ambiguity of the main characters. Finally, it examines the visual representations of Hermaphroditus to explain how Romans may have actually viewed the material.
Wilcox, Aaron, "Hermaphroditus: imperial Roman ideals of sex, gender, and art" (2009). Honors Capstones. 604.
Northern Illinois University
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