Golden Phallus

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Golden phallus found in Norfolk: There is no native English tradition of phallus-worship, so this piece most likely a Fascinus (from “fascinare” meaning “to cast a spell” which is the root of our word “fascinate”) that belonged to a Roman soldier. Other phallus amulets have been found in areas with a Roman military presence, but most of them are bronze. A gold one is a rare find.

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