The Priapeia

Argument of the Book:

Some have guessed that I was gathered from around Priapos’ feet, of verses scrawled, of lines graffitied, and from inscriptions neat;

others suppose I was composed by Maeceans’ clever fellows when toasting P. in meter’d verse for bookish wit to show;

many perceive the evidence of a fancy pedigree from Martial, Ovid, Juv, Catullus, and Virgil in composing me.

Most recently my pages swell, tailing on Sir Richard Burton, as here by Curtis I’m augmented, and shortened, I’m certain.

Yet, to the point, it matters not what ere the learned source is, so long as you do practice well the lesson of my courses.


* This book is an English translation of Latin; it is erotic, unsuitable to delicate readers.


Welcome to the Garden of Priapus, male God of Fertility, He of the swelling, the seeding, the blossoming into pleasure.  Here you will find sensation, youth, goodness and spirited delight in the stories both ancient and modern, secular and sacred (in that Latin way of worship), pagan, free, forceful, and then there is frivolity, surprise and delight.  Come!  Dare, open the garden gate and enter, if you are pure of soul, healthy of spirit, well-disposed in the flesh, inclined to taste the fruit of love, to swoon to sights and sounds, to breath fully the aroma of rose, of lemon and of apple blossom.  Open yourself to penetrating translation of ancient authors, of liberty in opinion, of diversity in action, in sensuality of the ear and of the mind, the mind, that most amorous of organs: attend, hear, Enter! and enjoy.


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This contemporary appreciation of the God of the Male Member, Priapus, remembers Roman precedent, lightly borrowing old prosody to enliven amour in sixty sonnets, each sonnet growing, swelling to engender sympathy for that ancient, honorable and gracious god now pitifully diminished in stature, in academic censure.  Come!  Join Priapus as we dance and sing, as we plant seed to give life, to give joy into one another.

The Pripeia is a supplement to “The Aestheticon”, the second libretti of which, “Galatea: The Statue Comes to Life”, is available through The Studio Press.