Hermaphroditus was the god of hermaphrodites and of effeminate men and one of the Erotes, the winged gods of love.

Residence: Mount Olympus
Symbols: Bow, Arrows, Lyre, Candles, Hearts, Wings and Kisses
Parents: Hermes and Aphrodite

Ermafrodito, affresco Romano di Ercolano (1–50 d.C., Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli) - 02.jpg
Fresco of Hermaphroditus. From Herculaneum, c. 1–50 AD, National Archaeological Museum, Naples.

According to some he was once a handsome youth who attracted the love of a Naiad nymph Salmacis. She prayed to to be united with him forever and the gods, answering her prayer, merged their two forms into one. At the same time her spring acquired the property of making men who bathed in its waters soft and effeminate.

Hellenistic statue of Hermaphroditus. Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool.
Sleeping Hermaphroditus. 2nd c. AD statue with 16th century mattress. Louvre. (c) Paris 16

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