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Public exposure of the glans was considered unsightly and indecent, as an exposed glans was associated with intimate circumstance of having an erection.<ref name="Hodges"/> Furthermore, an exposed glans resembled the permanently externalized glans of the circumcised penis, where the removal of the foreskin was considered akin to castration.<ref name="Hodges"/>
 
Public exposure of the glans was considered unsightly and indecent, as an exposed glans was associated with intimate circumstance of having an erection.<ref name="Hodges"/> Furthermore, an exposed glans resembled the permanently externalized glans of the circumcised penis, where the removal of the foreskin was considered akin to castration.<ref name="Hodges"/>
  
The Greeks used term psolos (ψωλος, lit. "having an erection") to describe a man with an exposed glans.<ref name="Hodges"/> The term was not exclusive to a man who was circumcised, but could apply to any man with an exposed glans, either actually having an erection, or a man who was afflicted with [[lipodermos]].<ref>Ada Adler, ed., ''Suidae Lexicon'', 5 vols.(''Lexicographie Graeci'', vol.1) (Leipzig: Teubner, 1935), 4: 849.</ref>
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The kynodesme, then, was used in ancient Greek society as a means to prevent the public indecency of an exposed glans when nude.<ref name="Hodges"/>
 
The kynodesme, then, was used in ancient Greek society as a means to prevent the public indecency of an exposed glans when nude.<ref name="Hodges"/>

Latest revision as of 19:04, 13 February 2020

Greek athlete wearing a kynodesme.

In ancient Greece, the kynodesme (κυνοδεσμη, lit. "dog leash") was a thin leather strap that was wound around the acroposthion (AKA the part of the foreskin which hangs past the head of the penis), which pulled the penis upward and was tied in a bow, tied around the waist, or secured by some other means.[1] Vase paintings and statues frequently portray nude athletes and komasts wearing the kynodesme.

Public exposure of the glans was considered unsightly and indecent, as an exposed glans was associated with intimate circumstance of having an erection.[1] Furthermore, an exposed glans resembled the permanently externalized glans of the circumcised penis, where the removal of the foreskin was considered akin to castration.[1]

The Greeks used term psolos (ψωλος, lit. "having an erection") to describe a man with an exposed glans.[1] The term was not exclusive to a man who was circumcised, but could apply to any man with an exposed glans, either actually having an erection, or a man who was afflicted with lipodermos.[2]

The kynodesme, then, was used in ancient Greek society as a means to prevent the public indecency of an exposed glans when nude.[1]

References

  1. a b c d e REFjournal Hodges, F.M. (September 2001): The Ideal Prepuce in Ancient Greece and Rome: Male Genital Aesthetics and Their Relation to Lipodermos, Circumcision, Foreskin Restoration, and the Kynodesme, in: Bull. Hist. Med.. 75 (3): 375-405, PMID. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  2. REFbook (1935) Suidae Lexicon: Lexicographie Graeci. Ada Adler (ed.). Vol. 1. pp. 4:849. Leipzig: Teubner.