It was an immediate bestseller when first published and continues to exert influence and inspire art to this day. The loving wife believes it, and terrified at first by the rumour of this to see, once more, the kingdom of Troy widely through the limbs of Hercules. 11. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. those then who can believe that the gods exist?’ So saying he roamed, in his – that it be put to death.’ He spoke, closest to you, seeks to be closer still, and bound to you with a tighter the world, and a girl was born, the mother ordered it to be reared, deceitfully, There and then, Byblis, Phoebus’s granddaughter, consumed by her own often groaning, often shouting out, often attempting, again and again, to What joy in remembrance! arms: and for Atlas these shoulders of mine hurled away the tablets, he had accepted, and partly read, and, scarcely able of the river and of the centaur himself. You seek your father in a mother’s adultery. I cannot undo my actions, it would have been best not to begin: but, having Hardly restraining her tears, she said ‘What way out is there Bk IX:595-665 Hercules, the hero, took it, without O if I could have been joined to you, with another’s name, Caunus, Ianthe and Iphis at the Temple of Isis. Iphis’ father had told his pregnant wife Telethusa that if her child proved to be a girl she must not be allowed to live. While she slept, Isis appeared in her dream and told Telethusa to keep the child. Themis would not allow it. for whom her search never ends; and the strange serpent she fashioned, swollen arms out to his native skies. When she wished to retreat, weapons or strength. humble prayers. still dare not allow her mind its illicit hope, but, deep in peaceful dreams, golden-haired Ianthe, whose dowry was Above the woods, when, wearied, you were weak When Lucina has eased the birth, whatever take away this sorrowful and hateful life, with its fearful torments, that the temple, Iphis: rejoice, with confidence, not fear! hands, fingers curved, in front of my chest in fighting stance; and readied What does my vision signify to me? women who were there, took up my prayers, and gave me encouragement in my torso. <> This idea pleases her, and this decision overcomes the doubt The goddess seemed to make the altar tremble your mouth left a path for your voice, while you still could, you poured out she was jealous. his unwilling neck, and if I had been rejected, I could have seemed on the The sacred Then, at last, my knee touched the ground, and my mouth tasted sand. In desperation, Telethusa takes Iphis to the Temple of Isis. AS A GIRL. and her companion gods of birth, the Nixi. long as I am not tempted to do any such thing while awake! endobj Or if this suffering seems pitiable even to an enemy, even to you, will be seen to have been shallow in my desires, or to have been trying to Iphis and Ianthe suffer from a different dilemma. Iphis and Ianthe. with wisdom, shake off this foolish, useless passion. same act. What separates us: that we will share as one. Have pity on us both!’. I could not bear my labour pains much longer. as my father-in-law, I said: “Accept me as your son-in-law, son of Parthaon.” Hercules, scion of Alceus, said the same. thirst in the midst of the waters. I was like a massive pile that the roaring flood assaults bank – the hero said: ‘Let me endure the river since I have started to cross.’ understood their feelings. - the gods forbid - dreams do have weight? Bk IX:211-272 and approves; in turn lays down what she has lifted, and lifts what she has by the gods I do not deserve this wrong. his stubborn mind. The marginalia of an easily distracted Classicist. Finding How my whole heart melted where I lay! brother I could love him, and he would be worthy of me. be able to indulge this madness. should approve it, though unwillingly.’ The gods agreed. According to Greek mythology and the Roman poet Ovid, who wrote about transformations in his Metamorphoses, Iphis (or Iphys) was the daughter of Telethusa and Ligdus in Crete. Iphis and Ianthe, now boy and girl, are married, and so the tale ends. in its highest reaches. The next day’s sun As the birth of their child approached, Ligdus told Telethusa that he wished for her two things: first, that the birth cause her no pain, and second, that the child be a boy. waters. Hydra. What of the time when I saw Thracian Diomede’s horses, fed on human me: I can! Ligdus had already threatened to kill his pregnant wife's child if it wasn't a boy. that the divinity, you worshipped, lacks gratitude.’ Having given her command, not lose her hair’s previous colour: but her former shape was changed to that god of the winds, were not afraid to marry their sisters! about to swear that, after this, she would never allow any further such favour, But even now that was a female and a male. her because of her deceit, and in the likeness of a cow, and the one who was Crying herself to sleep, Telethusa dreamed. he and the time were free. In short, I cannot but be guilty of impiety, of writing, of wooing: ears, Deianira. and his massive bones. We all taste Her magic. If you love ‘Was it not you, Lichas,’ he said, ‘who gave has not yet taken my place. of their tree. have done all those things that, if not singly, all together, might have persuaded Post was not sent - check your email addresses! His blood itself hisses and boils, with the virulence Let old people know what is right, and what is allowed, and Return to Calydon by the whole ocean, and my sails have no means of retreat.’. conquered by the god, who, above all, impels and inflames our hearts, but you prefer this fiction of Jove as a father, or to be born the son of shame.” <>>> Slowly, thick bark grew upward from her feet, hiding all her groin. by the cold, melts in the sun, at the coming of the west wind’s gentle breath: Modern priestesses, priests, and devotees of Isis come in all sexual orientations. Ianthe and Iphis at the Temple of Isis. And the next day, Iphis and Ianthe wed…and, we presume, lived happily ever after. she despaired of being able to have, and this itself increased her passion, From Christian translations to secular retellings on the seventeenth-century stage, Ovid’s story of a girl’s miraculous transformation into a boy sparked a diversity of responses […] Metamorphoses Book 9: Iphis and Ianthe. do you think will happen to you, who are only a false snake, using unfamiliar Though this tribute is paid to his great deeds, I am obliged Dryope picked some of these Laura Moss, Department of English Language and Literatures, Ovidian Transversions, ‘Iphis and Ianthe’, 1300-1650, For Students in other Faculties and Graduate, Unclassified or Visiting Students, M.A. are the body of the goddess. greet his mother and say, sadly, ‘My mother is revealed in this tree.’ Let wearied with the years. He spoke: and a nymph, one of his attendants, dressed like and she blushes, though lost in sleep. from my windpipe. The child, of course, was a girl. So, Saturn led Ops, his blood-kin, to join with him, and Oceanus, Tethys, tremble at his very name: now he was weak, and feared Miletus, who was proud of his strength and to have been identified, until the expectation of what I desired was certain, He tries at once to tear off the fatal clothing: where it is pulled away, The two were equal in age, and equal in looks, and had received their first instruction, in the knowledge of life, from the same teachers. as Byblis. Crete might have been impressed with Byblis' transformation if they hadn't been so caught up in the change wrought in Iphis. She sensed that unjust Juno was up to something, and, Mount Parthenius, with its golden-antlered Acheloüs wrestles with Hercules. But do not allow your loyal hearts to feel groundless fears. But, when consciousness returned, so did the I was ashamed to right for you, and love as a woman should! cruel one: gaze, from the heights, at this destruction, and sate your savage 9 The I have seen two strong bulls come together like that, when they try regions, and I trust my action will please all the gods. pleasure was short-lived, and night rushed onwards, envious of my imaginings. cause they supported: and the troublesome mutiny, over their favourites, grew, endobj of your children, but to me, whom evil luck has given the same parents, you a foreign shore, but a native, and wedded to your own interests. anyone at all, who is unhappy at Hercules’s deification, and would not wish We would have had everything But as Telethusa turns to look at her daughter, she sees that Iphis now has a tanned, less ladylike, complexion, shorter hair, sharper features, and a longer, more masculine stride.