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Archaeology: Bulgaria claims find of temple to Priapus
The Sofia Globe ^ | Sunday, January 6, 2013 | staff in Bulgaria

Posted on 01/12/2013 2:52:59 PM PST by SunkenCiv

In a claim certain to prick the interest of followers of archaeology and mythology everywhere, the head of Bulgaria's National History Museum has said that an ancient temple to the Greek god Priapus has been found in the Black Sea town of Sozopol.

National History Museum chief Bozhidar Dimitrov, who hails from Sozopol, said that archaeologists had found a clay phallus inscribed "to Priapus" during a dig in the Black Sea town, which in the past 24 months has boasted everything from the finding of the purported hand bones of Christian saint John the Baptist to a temple to Poseidon.

Dimitrov reminded local media of the legend of Priapus and a donkey having disputed who was the better-endowed, with the donkey losing the dispute and its life into the bargain, ending as a sacrifice to the god.

The cult of Priapus, Dimitrov said, was believed to have originated along the coast of Asia Minor. In Hellenistic and Roman times, Priapus became associated with sensual pleasure.

Votives were made to Priapus, he said, from men who had genital diseases or otherwise had problems with erectile dysfunction or potency.

Priapus, Dimitrov omitted to mention, also is seen as something of a pagan patron saint of gardens (think: fertility) and his place in popular legend has been enhanced by mentions in the Satyricon by Petronius, in the works of Ovid, and in Chaucer.

Priapus, interestingly, also had a less obviously sexually prominent place in the figurines used as pointers in artefacts used in ancient Greece and Rome as navigational aids.

(Excerpt) Read more at sofiaglobe.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: blacksea; bulgaria; europeanunion; godsgravesglyphs; greece; priapus; romanempire; sozopol
(Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)

Archaeology: Bulgaria claims find of temple to Priapus

1 posted on 01/12/2013 2:53:06 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: Renfield

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Renfield.

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To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


2 posted on 01/12/2013 2:54:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Priapus,,,, Isn’t that made by Toyota? That’s what I call my friend’s car.


3 posted on 01/12/2013 3:02:08 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SunkenCiv

I think he was the subject of a lot of jokes too.

I remember in one of Aristophanes’ plays, an Athenian seeing a Spartan, who has been denied sex by his wife, asks if he was a man or Priapus.


4 posted on 01/12/2013 3:03:36 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: SunkenCiv; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

Is that where Jimmy Hoffa was buried?


5 posted on 01/12/2013 3:07:40 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: SunkenCiv

And remember, devotees of Priapus, if your worship lasts longer than four hours, please consult your oracle.

}:-)4


6 posted on 01/12/2013 3:08:46 PM PST by Moose4 (...and walk away.)
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To: SunkenCiv

For some reason I believe there are scores of bent over arab or mohammedan men aflicted.


7 posted on 01/12/2013 3:08:46 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Dear Bulgarians,
Congratulations on finding your clay phallus!


8 posted on 01/12/2013 3:10:24 PM PST by omega4179 ( Huelo azufre)
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To: SunkenCiv

All inspired, no doubt, by the lay of the land as it reaches out to the sea.


9 posted on 01/12/2013 3:28:20 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: SunkenCiv
In a claim certain to prick the interest...

Coincidential writing? I don't think so!

10 posted on 01/12/2013 3:32:36 PM PST by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: SunkenCiv

As long as it wasn’t the temple of Priapism.


11 posted on 01/12/2013 3:41:14 PM PST by Sawdring
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

;’) “Is that a catalytic converter, or are you...”


12 posted on 01/12/2013 3:54:31 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Moose4

LOL!


13 posted on 01/12/2013 4:11:28 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Moose4

I am reminded of the statue in “La Cage aux Folles”.


14 posted on 01/12/2013 4:57:22 PM PST by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.")
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To: SunkenCiv
"...an ancient temple to the Greek god Priapus has been found in the Black Sea town of Sozopol."

Good thing it wasn't found in Australia or it might have been a duckbilled priapus..

15 posted on 01/12/2013 5:01:37 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: SunkenCiv

My friend keeps saying, “It’s a Prius, not whatever you’re callin’ it!” I tell him that my name for it fits!


16 posted on 01/12/2013 6:57:01 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Among the Gods, Priapus had a reputation of being a real dick.


17 posted on 01/14/2013 5:17:35 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

When he tells you it gets 60 miles per gallon, ask him, “60 gallons of what?”


18 posted on 01/14/2013 7:16:56 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Joe 6-pack; colorado tanker

Don’t even ask about his cousin, Prianus.


19 posted on 01/14/2013 7:17:23 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: muawiyah; Moltke

Yeah, “lay of the land”, and I suppose *that* was accidental... ;’)


20 posted on 01/14/2013 7:23:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: omega4179

They’d already found and worn out the clay, uh, opposite numbers.


21 posted on 01/14/2013 7:25:01 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

They kept “accidentally” backing into those, so the caliph had them all buried.


22 posted on 01/14/2013 7:25:46 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Revolting cat!

He wishes.


23 posted on 01/14/2013 7:25:59 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: yarddog

Good memory, it’s in Lysistrata, but it’s a joke related to how the women withheld sex to stop a war. Yow, this PD translation is ye olde archaic English translation —

[snip]

HERALD My scrimp-brained lad, I’m a herald, as ye see, who hae come frae Sparta Anent a Peace.

MAGISTRATE Then why do you hide that lance That sticks out under your arms?

HERALD. I’ve brought no lance.

MAGISTRATE Then why do you turn aside and hold your cloak So far out from your body? Is your groin swollen With stress of travelling?

[/snip]


24 posted on 01/14/2013 7:30:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Yes I remember it was from Lysistrata but maybe a different scene.

The Athenian sees the Spartan and asks what is that under your cloak. Are you a man or Priapus?

The Spartan herald says: “ no you fool, it is a Spartan message rod”

He is referring to the way the Spartans would send encoded messages using rods wrapped with velum. there would be holes in the sheep skin which could only be read with a corresponding rod. I don’t recall exactly how it worked but have read that it was a sophisticated code that would probably work even today.


25 posted on 01/14/2013 7:44:00 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Whatever you do, DON’T go to the Wikipedia page where there is a picture of Priapus.


26 posted on 01/19/2013 3:58:43 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("C'est la vie" say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell. -- Chuck Berry)
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