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Gender ambiguity in art points to more civilised society

(Above) a marble group of a nymph escaping from a satyr (Tivoli, Italy, 2nd century AD). While such marble groups flourished in Rome, there are variations of them depicting a lusting satyr grabbing at a feminine figure, unaware that it is Hermaphroditus, the offspring of Hermes and Aphrodite.

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GENDER and sexual identity are on many minds right now. There are continuing legal battles over bathroom access; piles of gossip items about Caitlyn Jenner; Transparent, in its third season, is likely to be a highlight of fall television.

For those used to dividing the...