Who was the Greek God Priapus?
Priapus is a character from Greek mythology, son of Dionysus and Aphrodite, for others of Aphrodite and Hermes, or Ares, or Adonis or Zeus. Hera, jealous of her husband, retaliated by giving the boy a grotesque appearance and a huge phallus.
The cult of Priapus dates back to the time of Alexander the Great, coming from the Hellespont or Propontis, a symbol of the masculine sexual force and the fertility of nature. He was expelled from Olympus because he was irrepressible. In fact, when he was drunk he tried to rape the goddess Vesta. Even the donkey, symbol of lust, brayed against him to make him escape.
There were several abuses with the Goddesses, from Hephaestus who tried to rape Athena, Pluto who succeeded with Persephone, Zeus in Metis, etc. Priapus represented the wild, instinctive eros, that which the rational mind had found so difficult to master, not only as indiscriminate sex, but also as the freedom to perceive one’s own feelings. The feeling towards women was a strongly repressed instinct. both in Greece and in Rome, and especially in the republican era.
Let us not forget that even the wise Aristotle maintained that the generative principle resided exclusively in man. According to him, women were sterile, they received the male seed but did not participate in fertilization.