The fig leaf is a later addition. The phallus would often be depicted on Hermes, Pan, Priapus or similar deities across various art forms. Classical cultural ideals valued a smaller penis over a larger, often to the surprise of modern audiences. The depictions of sexuality and sexual activities in classical art seem to have had a wide variety of uses. National Archaeological Museum, Athens.
Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, states that unrestrained intercourse cures dysentery.
8 Sexual Curiosities From Ancient Greece (PHOTOS)
Oil lamp with erotic scene, Romisch-Germanisches Museum, Cologne. The application of carved and cast fig leaves to cover the genitalia was common, if incongruous. Modern responses When the collection of antiquities first began in earnest in the 17th and 18th centuries, the openness of ancient eroticism puzzled and troubled Enlightenment audiences. They recommended intercourse as a way of countering a wide spectrum of ailments: Many Greek philosophers were lukewarm on the subject of sex.