Love Hunt: Priapus
This upright fellow has become a bit of a mascot for our Love Hunt at the British Museum. (Next up on Valentines Day! Book tickets here!) This…ahem, impressive piece has a hilarious and surprisingly stories history behind it.
Priapus seems to have originated as a minor greek god in Asia Minor, the then greek controlled west coast of modern day turkey, and been particularly worshipped around the city of Lampascus. He was seen as a nature god and protector of farms, associated with an abundance of fruit, vegetables and livestock. The Greek historian Pausanius writes:
This god is worshipped where goats … Read More