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Artículo Tomo 70, Número. 10, Diciembre 2017

Archivos Españoles de Urología

Glans penis phimosis in antiquity as depicted upon two roman ex-votos.

Authors: Gregory Tsoucalas and Markos Sgantzos.

Arch. Esp. Urol. 2017; 70 (10): 813-814

Vol. 70, Number. 10, December 2017

The custom of dedicating votive offerings in ancient shrines as gifts for the gods, began in ancient Greece during the 3rd millennium BC in the island of Crete at the south of the Aegean sea. The majority of these relics were manufactured as a normal display of the human member, or organ, while only a small number had been chiselled to depict the characteristics of a specific disease or malformation (1). Almost simultaneously, Etruscans in the Italian peninsula adopted such practises, to appease their gods, or to beg for a cure, or to request for a healthy future. In some rare cases, those ex-votos presented a pathology (2-4).


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