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TYKHON & ORTHANES
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Ορθανης Orthanês Orthanes Erect-One (orthoô)
Τυχων Tykhôn Tychon Producer, Chance
Κονισαλος Konisalos Conisalus Lascivious One
Tychon | Greco-Roman mosaic from Antioch C2nd A.D. | Antakya Museum

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.

PARENTS
Probably HERMES or DIONYSOS, though nowhere stated

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."


Greek Variations Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Ορθαγης Orthagês Orthages Erect One
Ορηθανης Orêthanês Orethanes Erect One
Ορθαγενης Orthagenês Orthagenes Erect Born (genos)

ENCYCLOPEDIA

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.


Sources:

  • 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