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Penis-Covered Ancient Roman Home Discovered in Israel

If you love phallic art and ancient history, here’s a news story for you: A 1,900-year-old Roman house has been uncovered in northern Israel, Live Science reports. Making the find more notable: the home was apparently covered in penis-shaped amulets.

Last month, Daniel Schowalter, a professor at Carthage College in Wisconsin, told attendees of a meeting the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society for Classical Studies that the newly uncovered abode was likely two stories tall and was constructed during the late first or early second century A.D.

“One would guess that it might have been commissioned by a Roman official who was stationed in the area, but it could also be the home [of] a local elite who adopted some traditional Roman motifs in decoration,” Schowalter told Live Science.

It’s unclear if the penis-shaped amulets, which were discovered in the fill top of the house, were part of the home or if they pre-dated it. “That fill was probably put down in the early third century,” Showalter said. “So the amulets date to before that time, but since it is fill, we aren’t sure how long before.”


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