Priapus Fresco


Carole Raddato
published on 27 September 2019
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Fresco of the god of fertility Priapus depicted weighing his very large phallus against a bag containing money. Painted on the wall of the vestibule of the House of the Vettii in Pompeii, the fresco probably symbolised the economic prosperity of the owners of the house, the Vettii brothers, who became wealthy through trade.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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Raddato, C. (2019, September 27). Priapus Fresco. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Raddato, Carole. "Priapus Fresco." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified September 27, 2019.

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Raddato, Carole. "Priapus Fresco." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 27 Sep 2019. Web. 28 Jan 2021.

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