Iphis is a baby who is born a girl but raised as a boy. When Iphis’s mother was pregnant with her, her father had threatened to kill the baby if it was a girl. With the help of a goddess, Iphis’s mother conceals Iphis’s gender and raises her as a boy. When Iphis falls in love with a girl and becomes engaged to her, she frets because she knows she won’t be able to be a true husband to her lover. Iphis’s mother, also distressed, again calls on Isis for help. Isis transforms Iphis into a boy, and Iphis marries his lover.
Iphis Character Timeline in Metamorphoses
The timeline below shows where the character Iphis appears in Metamorphoses. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 9: Iphis
Book 10: Orpheus and Eurydice