Romans were superstitious, as evidenced in ancient literature and by the many archaeological finds: charms, amulets, paintings, tablets, and many more. One item in particular was really popular was the “fascinus”, a divine phallus supposed to bring luck or at least keep away the “evil eye”. You could find them everywhere including at the entrance of a house, around the neck of a legionary, or in the pocket of a young girl. It was not seen like an erotic object, but rather a lucky charm for protection and fertility, charged to keep away the evil eye.
I am creating a collection of FASCINUM for display at the Kingdom Arts and Sciences Festival (KASF) in March 2019. Here I will post pictures of extant pieces, as well as my own artwork representating this aspect of Roman culture.