A Roman house uncovered in northern Israel has offered an insight into one of ancient Rome’s less well-known fashions – penis amulets.
A layer of phallic amulets was found at an intricate house at Omrit in northern Israel – thought to date back 1,900 years.
Romans often wore phallic charms – known as a fascinum – and they were particularly often worn by young boys and soldiers.
Several of the amulets were found on top of the house, acccording to researchers from Carthage College in Wisconsin.
Professor Daniel Schowalter said: ‘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.’
Professor Showalter said that the excavated area ‘was probably a courtyard, since the doorway we have opens into the ‘house’ proper. In other words, you could be locked out in that area.’