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(ὄλισβος; ólisbos). Artificial phallus made of leather (Suda s.v. ὄλισβος). Late archaic vase images depict hetaerae who presumably are handling one or more olisboi for sexual stimulation. Aristophanes (Aristoph. Lys. 109f.) indicates that an olisbos could also be used by women to satisfy themselves.

Eroticism; Sexuality


1 M.F. Kilmer, Greek Erotica, 1993, 98-102

2 A.M. Oikonomides, Kollix, olisbos, olisbokollix, in: Horos 4, 1986, 168-178.

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Hartmann, Elke (Berlin), “Olisbos”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 27 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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