Translation: ‘Here Dwells Happiness’
Phalluses were popular in both Greek and Roman time; Greeks more in art and worship, Romans more in jewellery as ‘good-luck charms’, as we would perhaps view a four leaf clover or black cat as lucky symbols.
But the phalluses were not seen in a sexual way; they were used to keep evil away. Many phalluses also had an eye or pair of eyes on the end, and there is discussion as to whether this represented the vulva, so both genders genitals were displayed.
Images of phalluses were commonly found in potentially dangerous areas such as corners, bridges and entrances, as phalluses were used to protect the people.