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HISTORY OF UROLOGY - Short Communication
Understanding the genital diseases of Ancient Anatolia in the light of the inscribed male genital offerings presented to gods
1 Clinic of Urology, University of Health Sciences, Bakirkoy Dr. Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey  
Turk J Urol 2019; 45: 384-388
DOI: 10.5152/tud.2019.47527
Key Words: Ancient medicine; offerings; phallus; urogenital diseases; votive stones.
Abstract

 

In the ancient Greek and Roman world, many gods and goddesses were considered to possess healing powers, and there were their temples where they could heal those who prayed. For that reason, in the ancient times, people were going to healing temples of various gods and goddesses to recover from their illnesses or grievous injuries. Sick individuals at the temples were offering some written or unwritten votive reliefs indicating their illnesses, to the gods or goddesses to ask for healing or to express gratitude after finding a cure. Among these, votive stones containing written expressions and reliefs expressing the owner's health problem held an important position. In the research on this antiquity, four inscribed votives that had a male genital organ depicted on them and that were dedicated to Anatolian gods Theos Hypsistos and Sozon, and goddesses Phileis and Ollie, were found. In this article, we aimed to study the inscribed offerings that are still on display in museums and private collections discovered during the excavations in Anatolia hosting the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations simultaneously and their possible relations with the urogenital illnesses.

 

 

Cite this article as: Güner E, Şeker KG, Özdemir O. Understanding the genital diseases of Ancient Anatolia in the light of the inscribed male genital offerings presented to gods. Turk J Urol 2019; 45(5): 384-8.

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