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A fascinum (plural fascina) in Ancient Rome was a phallus-shaped amulet worn around the neck (often by children) to ward off the evil eye or to bring fertility. The word is ultimately the origin of the English verb to fascinate.
- Muller, ed.: Turpiculas res, Varro De lingua Latina vii. 97.
- Pliny: Naturalis Historia, xix. 19.
- Smith, William. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities. John Murray, London. 1875. p. 521.
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