Size matters: Ancient Greek statues and penis size

Trigger warning: This post discusses nudity and penis size of sculptures if this offends you please do not continue reading. Skip this post and read some other post of mine.

The penises of many ancient statues tend to be small. Yip I was thinking about why that is so I went to do some art research. Phallic preferences tend to lean more towards the bigger is better philosophy so I wanted to know why all these sculpted Gods and Godlike men were not sporting gigantic manhood’s. I’ve said this before I’m no expert when it comes to art. I love art and was curious and in this post, I will share the answers which I found.

The penises in the sculptures are flaccid so they are biologically precise “they’re flaccid. If you compare their size to most flaccid male penises, they are not significantly smaller than real-life penises tend to be” (Oredesson, 2016). However, there’s more to it. In Ancient Greek culture having a big penis was seen as a bad thing. “the penis was never a badge or virility or manliness in ancient Greece as it was with other cultures” (Gotthardt,2018). Men who had big penises were seen as lustful, stupid and immoral. Men with big penises were also seen as people who couldn’t control their desires, big penises meant lack of self-control. It was thought that the bigger the penis the smaller ones’ brain. Satyrs, idiots and enemies who were in direct opposition to Greek Gods and heroes all posses’ negative traits. These enemies were portrayed with large penises. In Greek Comedy plays idiots were regularly well endowed and Egyptians who were the long-standing rivals of the Greeks were often portrayed as having large penises to (Gotthardt,2018). In view of the fact that heroic nudity showed off idealized versions of Godlike people or Gods themselves, these representations wouldn’t include details which would make the figure look stupid, lustful, and irrational.


Gotthardt, A.(2018). Why Ancient Greek Sculptures Have Small Penises, from: https://

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Admin, Penis Size in Classical Art, from:

Goldhill, O.(2016). Why Do Greek Statues Have Such Small Penises, from:

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  1. This is so very interesting. The title was enough to peak my interest and make me read further. Thank you for the information. Now I can view nude sculptures with a much more well-rounded understanding. Great post. Loved it.

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    1. Your comment is so kind thanks for that. It took me a while to come up with the title. Now when you are travelling and a fellow traveller asks you related questions you will be able to answer them. Glad to be able to share this information with you. And thanks again for your support.


  2. Very good. I heard this recently elsewhere but great to see a written piece on it.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback 😃

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