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God of Medicine | Asclepius



In Mythology and Ancient Greek religion, Asclepius was a hero and god of medicine. He was also the patron god and reputed ancestor, of the Asclepiades, the ancient guild of doctors. Asclepius represents the medicinal aspect of the medical arts; his daughters are named as Hygieia meant “Hygiene.” She is the goddess in the personification of health, cleanliness, and sanitation, also for recuperation from illness, Aceso who is the goddess of the healing process, and also the goddess of beauty, glory, magnificence, splendor, and adornment, and Panacea is the goddess of universal remedy. He was associated with the Roman/Etruscan god Vediovis and the Egyptian Imhotep.

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Asclepius was a son of Apollon, dealing with the healer who is the epithet Paean of Apollo. The rod of Asclepius, a snake-entwined staff, ensures a symbol of medicine today. Those physicians and attendants who followed this god were known as the Therapeutae of Asclepius.

Birth and Education of Asclepius

According to the earliest accounts, Asclepius was the son of Apollo and, a mortal woman named Coronis. His mother was killed for being false to Apollo and was laid out on a burial pyre to be applied, but the unborn child was freed from her womb. Coronis died in labor and was laid out on the pyre to be consumed, but Apollo saved the child, cutting him from Coronis’s womb.

Birth and Education of Asclepius

Birth and Education of Asclepius

His Capacities and Remedies

Apollo carried the Asclepius when he was a baby to the centaur Chiron and instructed him to teach the art of medicine. Asclepius showed his performance in such incident like a snake licked Asclepius’s ears clean and trained his secret knowledge to the Greeks snakes were sacred beings of healing, wisdom, and restoration. Asclepius bore a rod wreathed that connected for healing with a snake. A kind of non-venomous pan-Mediterranean serpent, the Aesculapian snake, is a god who called as Zamenis longissimus.



Rod of Asclepius

Asclepius arrives in Kos and is recognized by Hippocrates and a citizen, mosaic, 2nd–3rd century AD. Asclepius became so proficient as a healer, and he excelled both Chiron and Apollo. Asclepius able to avoid death and make recover others back to life from the brink of death and beyond. Asclepius took part in the Calydonian Boar hunt which is the place who legends took part. This makes him as an influx of human beings, and Zeus resorted to killing him to keep balance in the numbers of the human population.

The Asclepieion Death

Zeus killed Asclepius with a thunderbolt because he brought Hippolytus back alive from the dead and accepted gold for it. Others say that Asclepius was killed because for recovering people back from the dead, Hades thought that no more dead senses would come to the underworld, so he asked his brother Zeus to stop him. Apollo angered for his actions, who in turn killed the Cyclopes who made the thunderbolts for Zeus. Zeus suspended Apollo from the night sky and ordered Apollo to assist King of Thessaly called Admetus for a year. After a year, Zeus brought Apollo back to Mount Olympus and revived the Cyclopes that made his thunderbolts.



Zeus placed Asclepius body among the stars as the planets Ophiuchus called as the Serpent Holder. Some sources also stated that Asclepius was later resurrected as a god by Zeus to prevent any further feuds with Apollo. It was also claimed that Asclepius was instructed by Zeus never to revive the dead without his approval again.

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