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1. Priapus Greek & Roman Mythology The god of procreation, guardian of gardens and vineyards, and personification of the erect phallus.
2. An image of this god, often used as a scarecrow in ancient gardens.
3. A representation of a phallus.

[Latin Priāpus, from Greek Priāpos.]


1. (Classical Myth & Legend) (in classical antiquity) the god of the male procreative power and of gardens and vineyards
2. (often not capital) a representation of the penis


(praɪˈeɪ pəs)

1. an ancient Greek god of male procreative power.
2. (l.c.) phallus.
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56) Quartilla is a priestess--of Priapus (whose wrath moves the plot forward).
He speculates that Eumolpus' anal copulation with the young daughter of Philomela may signify that 'the sexual acts of a young girl or a young bride are anal on the first night, the cunnus being reserved for Priapus under the ius noctis primae.
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Other of the book's woodcuts, especially the sometimes censored image of the sacrifice to Priapus, and the fountain of the sleeping nymph (Fig.
But the epigram adheres to generic literary convention as well, since it characterizes Octavian as resembling the sexually swaggering literary persona often adopted by Martial and Catullus and assigned to Priapus in the Priapea.
The scene is treated humorously -- Horace uses hyperbole and the satire ends with the two witches frightened and sent flying by the loud noise when the buttocks of the wooden statue of Priapus crack open -- but his witches made a great impression on the humanists.
It was untouchable because into lotus the nymph Lotis reputedly morphed in order to escape from the lecherous Priapus.
The Garden of Priapus, New York: Oxford University Press.
In this respect, it has much in common with a number of seemingly disparate pictures, all of which have deep agricultural roots and are rooted in Ovid's Fasti: Bellini's Feast of the Gods, in which Priapus, the tutelary divinity of gardens, is seen attempting to priapize the sleeping Lotis; Pontormo's fresco of Vertumnus (another god of the gardens) painted at Poggio a Caiano; and Botticelli's Primavera, where Flora (goddess of flowers and also a deity of gardens) presides.
8) If we make the effort to follow up on the reference, we find that Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Mollendorff in no weak terms affirms Petronian originality (Dem Dichter soll wahrlich seine Originalitat nicht verkleinert werden), and merely speculates as to whether there existed a Greek roman comique or Schelmenroman, subsequently granting with an evident grudge that 'das picarische Element' in Petronius is as Greek as the wrath of Priapus, the Widow of Ephesos and the shipwreck.
As the harlots - who took to the stage during the ludi Florales(17) - ought not to be concealed by a stola, which is inappropriate to their station anyway, so should the ithyphallic god Priapus not be castrated, that is, the mentula ought to be revealed and retained in erotic poetry.
Rieblin's 1983 edition of The Garden of Priapus (later revised in