After the castration Catullus uses the feminine gender in reference to Attis and continues to call Attis a woman in other parts of the poem. Only in the last passage where Attis tries to escape and Cybele brings him back into the fold (esp. 79-84), does Catullus again use the masculine gender in reference to Attis consistently. There, his masculinity is pertinent to his attempt to break free of the goddess' hold over him. All in all, Catullus doesn't conceive of Attis as a man or a woman really, but as a creature trapped somewhere between genders, which he underscores by using both "he" and "she" at different times when referring to Attis.

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