As a result of the 2004
Athens Olympics, there was quite a lot of reference to the fact
that in ancient days, the Greeks undertook their athletic Olympic
events in the nude. However, research has shown that this was
not quite true. It appears that they actually wore a device /
garment called a 'kynodesme'. A kynodesme was a thin leather
strip, worn by tying it tightly round the part of the foreskin
that extends beyond the glans. (the prepuce) The kynodesme can
then either be attached to a waist band, or tied to the base
of the penis so that the penis appears to curl upwards.
It served several
purposes, for what appears to be a variety of mixed reasons.
For the athletes, it restrained the penis and stopped it flopping
about, which the ancient Greece apparently found this preferable.
As with modern day trends, they also had their fashions and preferences
even, when nude. In modern day life nudists shave their pubic
hair, get themselves pierced and have tattoos.
In ancient Greece having a foreskin that extended well beyond
the end of the penis was clearly an aesthetic thing to have or
acquire. Many paintings
show the prepuce being up to three quarters of the entire length
of the penis. They also show the prepuce with a very distinctive
taper, regardless of whether the penis is soft or erect. It is
highly probable that the act tying the kynodesme around the prepuce
would almost certainly have the effect of stretching the foreskin
and further enhancing the appearance and taper of the prepuce.
In modern day
life this is not dissimilar to the foreskin stretching exercises
that are undertaken during foreskin restoration with a circumcised
When the kynodesme was worn in the form of a waist strap, it
maintained the penis in the upright position, clearly exposing
the balls, which were also considered pleasing to the eye.
If addition to
offering all the above advantages to the ancient Greeks, there
was still one further attribute that it offered. The Greek standard
of modesty held that the foreskin should cover the glans. Visible
glans in an uncircumcised man was taken as evidence of sexual
arousal and was thus considered indecent within the arena. Many
athletes therefore wore the kynodesme. Its strand of string looped
around the foreskin, closing it tightly over the glans, prevented
mishaps,. The Greek code of genital etiquette obviously places
circumcised Jews at an embarrassing disadvantage in the public
baths, wrestling matches, and competitive games.
It is interesting to note that The Nilotic tribes of Africa also
considered the glans to be offensive. It's interesting that such
widely separated cultures should have such similar values.
For more information
on the Kynodesme, have a look at this webpage.
Another Peter has
also written a very informative
The Kynodesme is such a
simple device that I could not resist trying it out. It is a
delightfully simple thing to wear. I found that a long shoelace
would fulfil the same function as a Greek leather strip, in fact
I suspect that a shoelace is probably better, as it is softer
and more 'grippy' than leather as you can see from the photos.
My only concern
was a possible problem tying the lace around the prepuce, but
in fact it was very simple and effective. All I needed to do
was to pull the prepuce forward, slightly stretching it, and
then using a simple knot; the lace stayed in place and did not
slip. The version that tied around the waist was the obvious
first choice, as it was straightforward to get it into position,
and tie the ends of the lace around the back of my waist.
a simple knot hold it tight
the Kynodesme in this way is quite comfortable, but it does feel
slightly strange. Obviously hold the penis in an upright vertical
position and it also lifts the balls slightly. The lace is quite
secure and easily stays in place while walking around. The penis
is completely out of the way, so it is missing from its usual
location of resting or bouncing between your thighs. Your balls
are pulled slightly upwards, so although they are still 'around',
they are not quite in their normal location. I suspect that it
is a similar sensation to somebody with long hair, who decides
to 'wear it up'. It just feels a bit strange! One additional
advantage to wearing it (in addition to those listed by the Greeks)
is that it can expose the underside of the penis and the inner
thighs, helping the sun to get to parts that it rarely sees!
Most of the ancient
Greek photos show the Kynodesme attached in some way to the base
of the penis. It is not immediately obvious how they attach the
tied prepuce to the base of the penis. One possibility might
be that the actually tie it to some strands of pubic hair. That
option was not available to me, and the only way I could think
of attaching it was to tie it around the balls. It does work,
but it does not look like the old images. Any ideas?
The kynodesme has
its uses even to todays world. I've used when running to stop
my penis from flopping about, when wearing a 'marginally short'
tee shirt. Have a look at my 'Nude
for more details.
The idea of trying
out a kynodesme has appealed to some of my webpage readers, some
of whom have photographed their efforts. If you want to let us
all see your kynodesme, just send your photos to me and
I'll add them to this 'mini gallery'.
||Robert demonstrating an unusual foreskin stretching
technique by peeing into a tight kynodesme
||Peter (me) trying the above toggle idea, which
works very well
A Kynodesme with no foreskin at all.
Not quite what the Greeks had in mind!!
||This is an elasticated kynodesme with a toggle
adjuster. Being elastic it is very comfortable to wear and easily
accommodates any change in penis size.
||Rick wore his with a ball weight which was incredible.
|Here are some other pics of Rick using a different
variation. He drew the kyndoseme through his buttocks like a
gstring, tied it tight around his balls and then tight behind
my cock and balls (like a cockring). His comment was that the
feeling is incredible intense as it draws on the anus, balls
and cock. Amazing try it if you haven't already.
||David tried tying it around his waist but it
was too difficult so he decided to wrap it around his scrotum.
||Dave, who is circumcised, but stiil manages to
enjoy his kynodesme
It may appear obvious,
but if you tie the knot too tight for long periods it will stop
the flow of blood to end of the prepuce. This is not a very healthy
situation and it will eventually go blue!
So be sensible,
I would not like to think that anybody hurt themselves while
experimenting with a kynodesme!
from David's 'field trials':
I have only just seen your superb article about KYNODESME, so
this afternoon decided to give one a field trial to see if it
worked. (I live near an isolated beach so running naked is more
the rule than the exception) I used a shoe lace as a belly band
and a piece of parcel string for the cock string.
I tied up and started to jog but the belly band slipped and as
my penis sagged so the string slipped off my foreskin.
This time i gritted my teeth and tied the cock string as tight
as I could and then humped the belly band well up above my hips.
This time it worked. To start with I jogged about 3k. I was amazed
at how secure and comfortable I felt...no cock banging against
my belly, my balls well away from contact with my thighs and
extremely well supported. More over, you were right- it really
is a strange but very pleasant sensation. After the gentle running
I decided to do some fast repetitions...200m (about the distance
of the Ancient Greek Stadia). I ran fast and again, the Kynodesme
held me firmly. I did five reps with my cock flaccid but on the
sixth...and strictly in the interests of science you understand
(hem hem) i gave my cock a little friendly stimulation to see
how well the Kynodesme would cope with an erection and again
inspite of my increased size, it held totally firm.
One other thing. After my run i biked home with the Kynodesme
still on and found it equally comfortable ...my balls were held
comfortably on top of the saddle and safe from any jarring contact.
I was also pleasantly surprised that when I took the Kynodesme
off, my foreskin was not marked nor sore in
Thanks a lot, Peter, it is just the thing I have been looking
for and it will provide comfort (and pleasure) for a lot of training.
By the way...market it quick. Before you know it, Adidas will
be selling them, but with three cock strings rather than one
"die marke mit den drei riemen"
regarding nude running
Our first experiences
of running naked was only about six weeks ago and I was surprised
how little banging about there was from down below but having
seen your web site thought I'd try the kynodesme.
As I have a very
short foreskin so thought I'd try the circumcised version with
the lace below the glans. This gave me the different feeling
you describe but after about 4 miles I found my penis head was
quite cold when I'd removed the lace. Next time I pulled as much
foreskin forward as I could and could just tie the lace round
it and if the knot is tight enough it holds for several hours.
There was a slight mark when I took the lace off the first time
but I've now found a round lace that works better and doesn't
Overall I find
that pulling and tying the foreskin gives a better feel than
tying behind the glans, my balls are pulled higher and the air
seems to get all round them giving a much better feeling. Having
said that when running naked I want to feel naked and now wear
the kynodesme when I'm running in shorts which I find really
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