Child Execution And Its Effects On The Society Essay

983 Words Nov 19th, 2015 4 Pages
As previously stated, often hermaphrodites were simply “disposed of without hesitation,” but in an attempt to increase population, Cicero forbade child execution (Corbeill 160). A new republic led to societal ideologic changes. Under the Republic, Romans began to change their ideals. Corbeill states, “the compulsion toward infanticide, toward eliminating child with an insecure future, yields to recognizing the potential relevance that mixed sexual characteristics may have in determining the will of the divine toward the community” (Corbeill 160). Thus, the Roman belief in deities and accepting androgynous deities, but not intersexed individuals in the natural world, began to conflict. Androgynous deities offered tales to live by for Romans, but androgynies in society offered no benefits particularly in the realms of marriage and reproduction, two of the most important facets of a Romans life. Due to their atypical anatomy, hermaphrodites often lacked the ability to reproduce sexually. Their inability to procreate proved to be an issue that contributed to society’s abhorrence. Corbeill sites Brisson claim that, “[hermaphrodites are] a sign of divine anger that heralded the extinction of the human race, since it had become alien to itself and incapable of reproduction” (Corbeill 151). Yet, with the changing views of hermaphrodites in Rome, their inability to naturally procreate became less influential in public opinion as Romans were pushed toward mythology of which Corbeill…

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