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Notebook, 1993-

ANCIENT GREEK CULTURE

[From: Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]

Asclepios - Atlas - Boreas - Charites - Cybele - Dryads - Eos - Erinyes - Eros - Gaea - Gigantes - Gorgons - Hades - Harpies - Hebe - Helios - Hermaphroditus - Hestia - Horae - Iris - Kronos - Maenads - Moirai - Muses - Naiads - Nereids - Nereus - Nymphs - Oceanides - Oceanos - Pan - Persephone - Priapus - Prometheus - Rhea - Satyrs - Seilenoi - Seilenos - Selene - Themis - Thetis - Triton - Zephyros

Priapus

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Variously described as the son of Zeus and Aphrodite, or of Dionysos and Aphrodite, he was a deity of Asiatic origin whose worship spread to Greece in much later times. God of the fertility of nature, not only in the animal and plant kingdom, but in humankind as well, Priapus is represented carrying a phallus since this member was considered the symbol of generative power. His most ancient center of worship was at Lampsakus whence the sailors carried the worship to the Aegean islands of Lesbos, Thera, and Thasos, and hence to continental Greece. Priapus was the patron of flocks, shepherds, animal husbandry, of the vines and of apiculture. He was also worshipped by the sailors. His symbol was the phallus. Priapus is always depicted with an extended phallus holding in one hand a thyrsus and in the other a libation cup. He wears a long garb lifted in front to serve as an apron which is full of fruits, in such a way that the phallus is exposed. Priapus is often confused with Dionysos. [p. 52]

[Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]




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