BARBATA

The bearded, a surname of Venus among the Romans. (Serv. ad Aen. ii. 632.) Macrobius (Sat. iii. 8) also mentions a statue of Venus (Aphrodite) in Cyprus, representing the goddess with a beard, in female attire, but resembling in her whole figure that of a man. (Comp. Suidas, s. v. Aphroditê; Hesych. s. v. Aphroditos.) The idea of Venus thus being a mixture of the male and female nature, seems to belong to a very late period of antiquity.