Androgyny and Beyond

Roland D. Martinson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/1985

Issue: Gender across Generations (Vol. 5, No 4, Fall, 1985)

Androgyny is not a new concept. Androgyny is a combination of the Greek words: andro, meaning male and gynos, meaning female. Strictly speaking, an androgynous person is one with both male and female natures and characteristics. In ancient Latin, androgynous equalled hermaphroditic. In ancient Greece, Dionysus was pictured as a being with both male and female natures. The search for the androgyne is a minor theme throughout western literature.

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