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Headword: Androgunos
Adler number: alpha,2177
Translated headword: androgynous
Vetting Status: high
[A word applied to] Dionysos, as one doing both active, male things and passive, female ones.[1]
Alternatively "effeminate", and hermaphroditic.[2]
Also [sc. attested is the genitive plural] a)/ndrogu/nwn, [meaning of men who are] weak, having women's hearts.[3]
Greek Original:
Androgunos: ho Dionusos, hôs kai ta andrôn poiôn kai ta gunaikôn paschôn. ê anandros, kai hermaphroditos. kai Androgunôn, asthenôn, gunaikôn kardias echontôn.
[1] Sexual intercourse, specifically, is envisaged here. For Dionysos in this regard see K.J. Dover, Greek Homosexuality (London 1978) index s.v.
[2] From glosses on Herodotus 4.67.2, where the nominative plural of the headword appears.
[3] Same or similar glossing in other lexica; this genitive plural is evidently quoted from somewhere (perhaps Proverbs 18:8 LXX, though there are other possibilities).
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; gender and sexuality; historiography; religion; women
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 2 July 2000@12:01:58.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 6 March 2001@09:59:05.
David Whitehead (supplied missing note; added a keyword) on 29 August 2003@09:03:21.
Anne Mahoney (cosmetics) on 12 February 2004@17:26:52.
David Whitehead (another note and keyword; cosmetics) on 2 December 2011@07:01:19.
David Whitehead on 11 July 2015@08:38:12.
David Whitehead on 15 August 2015@08:17:32.


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