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Headword: Priapos
Adler number: pi,2276
Translated headword: Priapos, Priapus
Vetting Status: high
They give a human form to the statue of Priapos, who is called Horus among Egyptians.[1] In his right [hand] he holds a scepter, as if the dry land and the sea issued from him, and in his left he holds his erect member, since he makes the seeds hidden in the soil become visible [sc. as growing plants]. The wings [signify] the speed of his motion; the circle of the disk [suggests] his circumference[?], for they imagine the same thing for the sun.
Greek Original:
Priapos: to agalma tou Priapou tou Hôrou par' Aiguptiois keklêmenou anthrôpoeides poiousin, en têi dexiai skêptron katechon, hôsanei par' autou phaneisan tên xêran kai tên thalassan: en de têi euônumôi kratoun to aidoion hautou entetamenon, dioti ta kekrummena en têi gêi spermata phanera kathistêsi. ta de ptera tên tachutêta tês kinêseôs: ton de kuklon tou diskou tên periphereian: tauton gar tôi hêliôi doxazousi.
ps.-Codinus, Patria Constantinopoleos 2.12 (= Preger, Scriptores originum Constantinopolitanarum 156.9-17). For Priapos see also pi 2275, pi 2277.
[1] The 1890 Smithers-Burton edition of the Priapeia attributes the Priapos-Horus syncretism to Macrobius. Horus was represented as falcon-headed and sometimes also winged, sometimes with a disk above his head, and he was believed to protect royal power. The winged sun-disk itself is very ancient in Egyptian iconography: as early as the Vth dynasty (c.2498-2345 BCE), the image of the winged sun-disk was accompanied by the phrase, "beautiful deity, ruler of the Two Lands [i.e. Upper and Lower Egypt]." See T. Eric Peet, The Inscriptions of Sinai (London: Oxford Univ. Press, 1952), Plate VI, no.10.
Keywords: art history; botany; gender and sexuality; geography; historiography; imagery; religion
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 24 May 2002@16:42:58.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 29 August 2003@09:23:18.
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords) on 14 October 2013@05:17:06.
Catharine Roth (typo, coding) on 23 November 2014@22:59:30.
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