Bulgaria claims find of temple to Priapus
|Excavations in the town of Sozopol have unearthed temples dedicated to Poseidon and Priapus [Credit: Focus]|
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.
|A clay phallus reading “To Priapus” which was unearthed during excavations in the seaside town of Sozopol shows that the altar of an ancient sanctuary in this place was dedicated to god Priapus [Credit: Focus]|
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.
Source: The Sofia Globe [January 06, 2013]