Tychon, Greco-Roman mosaic from
Antioch C2nd A.D., Antakya Museum
TYKHON (Tychon), KONISALOS (Conisalus) and ORTHANNES (Orthanes) were three rustic daimones (spirits), phallic Satyrs depicted with erect members. The three were probably connected with the phallic processions of the god Dionysos, or else the Hermai (phallic statues) of Hermes. The daimon Phales and the Phrygian god Priapos were also closely related.
Aristophanes, Lysistrata 983 ff (trans. O'Neill) (Greek comedy C5th to 4th B.C.) :
"[An Athenian magistrate speaks:] ‘Are you a man or a Konisalos [phallic daimon], pray?’"
Strabo, Geography 13. 1. 12 (trans. Jones) (Greek geographer C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.) :
"It was by people of later times that [the phallic fertility daimon] Priapos was declared a god, for even Hesiod does not know of him; and he resembles the Attic deities Orthannes, Konisalos (Conisalus), Tykhon (Tychon), and others like them."
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CONISALUS (Konidalos), a daemon, who together with Orthanes and Tychon appeared in the train of Priapus. (Aristoph. Lys. 983; Athen. x. p. 441 Strab. xiii. p. 588; Hesych. s. v.)
TYCHON (Tuchôn). 1. A god of chance or accident. was, according to Strabo (ix. D. 408), worshipped at Athens. (Comp. Anthol. Palat. ix. 334.) 2. An obscene daemon, is mentioned as a companion of Aphrodite and Priapus, and seems to signify "the producer," or "the fructifier." (Etym. Magn. and Hesych. s. v.)
Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.
- Aristophanes, Lysistrata - Greek Comedy C5th-4th B.C.
- Strabo, Geography - Greek Geography C1st B.C. - C1st A.D.
Other references not currently quoted here: Athenaeus 10.441; Hesychius; Choerob. in Theod 1.274