Diphallia in the Ancient World: Insights From a Pompeian Fresco (70-79 AD)

Francesco M. Galassi, Maciej Henneberg, Michael E. Habicht, Frank J. Rühli

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Diphallia is a rare condition in humans with only about 100 cases reported and affecting 1 in 5-6 million live newborns. It is a result of embryonic development of urogenital tract from paired ducts. ...it appears that the ancients had attained some working knowledge of anatomical variations and used them in their depictions, whichhad not necessarily been made for transmission of knowledge in a scientific way, but rather for practical and folk uses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-282
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Ancienr Rome
  • Roman Empire
  • Pompeii
  • Art
  • Wall painting
  • Medicine
  • Diphallia
  • Genital disorder


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