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3. A daughter of Ligdus and Telethusa, of Phaestus in Crete. She was brought up as a boy, because, previous to her birth, her father had ordered the child to be killed, if it should be a girl. When Iphis had grown up, and was to be betrothed to lanthe, the difficulty thus arising was removed by the favour of Isis, who had before advised the mother to treat Iphis as a boy, and now metamorphosed her into a youth. (Ov. Met. 9.665, &c.)


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