Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dicks of Antiquity

It's alright Jonah. Unbeknownst to you, you were only exploring an ancient theme of artwork. The world's oldest erotic graffiti was found last month chiseled in limestone at Vathy, Greece, dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries BC. The big ole' phallus is accompanied by an inscription that reads "Nikasitimos was here mounting Timiona," a proclamation believed to have been made by two soldiers stationed on the Aegean Island peninsula.

These "triumphant inscriptions" give insight into the private lives of citizens of ancient Greece while also proving that literacy was thriving at a time when Athens had not yet reached its highest potential. Dr. Andreas Vlachopoulos, a specialist in prehistoric archaeology, says the men "claimed their own space in large letters that not only expressed sexual desire but talked about the act of sex itself and that is very, very rare. By using the verb in the past continuous [tense], it clearly says that these two men were making love over a long period of time, emphasising the sexual act in a way that is highly unusual in erotic artwork. "

Less sexy artwork among the rocks features oared ships, daggers, and spirals. The peninsula which was known for its ancient cemeteries of mass graves containing the remains of newborn infants now has a much different claim to fame.

Image Source: Gawker

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