The passage IX.317 is in dialogue form, based on the dialogue between Hermaphroditus and Silenus.The latter claims that he has had sexual intercourse with Hermaphroditus three times.Salmacis sprang out from behind a tree and jumped into the pool.She wrapped herself around the boy, forcibly kissing him and touching his breast. According to Ovid, he was born a remarkably handsome boy with whom the water nymph Salmacis fell in love and prayed to be united forever.A god, in answer to her prayer, merged their two forms into one and transformed them into an androgynous form.
Hermaphroditus's name is derived from those of his parents Hermes and Aphrodite.
He compared the myth of the beautiful ephebe with Narcissus and Hyacinthus, who had an archaic hero-cult, and Hymenaios.
Diodorus Siculus in his work Library of History mention, that some say that Hermaphroditus is a god and appears at certain times among men, but there are some who declare that such creatures of two sexes are monstrosities, and coming rarely into the world as they do have the quality of presaging the future, sometimes for evil and sometimes for good. cit.) further identified this divinity, at whose sacrifices men and women exchanged garments, with the Moon.
Hermaphroditus, as he has been called, who was born of Hermes and Aphrodite and received a name which is a combination of those of both his parents.
Some say that this Hermaphroditus is a god and appears at certain times among men, and that he is born with a physical body which is a combination of that of a man and that of a woman, in that he has a body which is beautiful and delicate like that of a woman, but has the masculine quality and vigour of a man.