A minor fertility deity of Greek and Roman Mythology
, son of Dionysus
and a Nymph
, and best known from various short, obscene
poems called Priapeia. His ithyphallic statue
s protected gardens, threatening intruders with sodomy
. For the general tone of worship, compare the Pseudo-Vergil
'So, trespasser, stand in awe before this god
Raise high your hand; you'll reap the benefits
And watch your dick, let loose, stand at attention.
'My god, give it here!' you say? look there, the steward's
Coming, whose dick jerked back by his strong arms
Might just be a weapon fit for his right hand.'
The priapics are prime examples of Roman sexually agressive humour.