The passage that caught my attention is an excerpt from Parmenides of Elea. “As soon as woman and man mingle the seeds of love <that come from> their veins, a formative power fashions well-constructed bodies from their two differing bloods, if it maintains a balance. For if when the seed is mingled the powers clash and do no create a single <power> in the body resulting from the mixture, with double seed they will dreadfully disturb the nascent sex <of the child>.

Parmenides is saying that once a man and a women meet, the “seed of love” is released from both. These seeds have power and maintain a balance in the man and woman. However, both seeds are of a different blood. Therefore, when these two seeds meet (once the man and woman have sex), their powers clash and are unable to create a resulting power. The two competing powers of the seeds become confused as to what the power of the resulting child should be and in turn, disturbing the possible sex of the child.

This passage caught my attention because love has not been a topic of this class as of yet. Another particular feature that was of interest of mine was the fact that it is written in verse rather than sentence form like a paragraph. I’m curious as to what exactly this power Parmenides talks about is. The topic he talks about is often one I’ve wondered about, as to how the gender of a child is determined and Parmenides provides an interesting perspective.

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