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Encyclopedia > Kynodesme
Picture of a classical Greek athlete wearing the Kynodesme. Attributed to the Triptolemos painter, dating from about 480 B.C.E.
Picture of a classical Greek athlete wearing the Kynodesme.
Attributed to the Triptolemos painter, dating from about 480 B.C.E.

A kynodesme ( κυνοδεσμη, literally a "dog leash"), was a thin leather strip worn by athletes in Ancient Greece to restrain the penis. It was tied tightly around the part of the foreskin that extended beyond the glans. The kynodesme could then either be attached to a waist band to expose the scrotum, or tied to the base of the penis so that the penis appeared to curl upwards. Not all Greek athletes wore the kynodesme. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 288 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (611 × 1271 pixel, file size: 45 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Picture of a classical Greek athlete wearing the Kynodesme to illustrate that article. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 288 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (611 × 1271 pixel, file size: 45 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Picture of a classical Greek athlete wearing the Kynodesme to illustrate that article. ... Modern leather-working tools Leather is a material created through the tanning of hides and skins of animals, primarily cattlehide. ... The Temple to Athena, the Parthenon Ancient Greece is a period in Greek history that lasted for around three thousand years. ... The penis (plural penises, penes) is an external male sexual organ. ... The foreskin or prepuce (a technically broader term that also includes the clitoral hood, the homologous structure in women) is a retractable double-layered fold of skin and mucous membrane that covers the glans penis and protects the urinary meatus when the penis is not erect. ... glans Well known Street Art artist from Copenhagen, Denmark. ... In some male mammals, the scrotum is a protuberance of skin and muscle containing the testicles. ...


External links

  • Experiments with the Kynodesme Accessed November 2006 (Not Work Safe)
  • Frederick M. Hodges The Ideal Prepuce in Ancient Greece and Rome: Male Genital Aesthetics and Their Relation to Lipodermos, Circumcision, Foreskin Restoration, and the Kynodesme , The Bulletin Of The History Of Medicine, Volume 75: Pages 375–405, Fall 2001.

 
 

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