"If it weren't for the penis, human life would have ended with Adam and Eve.
It seems strange that something so important is so funny-looking.
I'm an author and journalist. Sometimes I write about funny things.
Some of those funny things are penises."
--Michael N. Marcus

Monday, June 22, 2015

Greek penis god had penis disorder (and huge penis)

A Greek god portrayed in one of Pompeii's best-known frescoes has quite the prominent feature—for better and for worse. The painting of fertility god Priapus, which survived the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, depicts a man whose dick extends nearly to his knees.

But this symbol of procreative energy and male power also contains evidence of a medical condition that can curb fertility and hinder sexual relations, medical doctor Francesco Maria Galassi said. "The disproportionate virile member is distinctively characterized by a patent phimosis, more specifically a shut phimosis," he says. 

In other words, Priapus' weenie seems to have a foreskin that couldn't fully retract: "It is a condition that causes pain, infection, and problems during sexual intercourse," Galassi adds.

So why would such a condition be shown in a fertility god? Galassi, who describes his theory in Urology, says the first-century painter may have wanted to report "a high prevalence of that anatomic defect in Pompeii." That could also explain why so many anatomical votive artifacts (showing a penis with closed foreskin at the top) were used in Pompeii between the second and fourth centuries BC to seek removal of that very condition.


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