Asclepius (Aesculapius)

Asclepius in Wikipedia

Asclepius (pronounced /æsˈkliːpiəs/; Greek Ἀσκληπιός Asklēpiós /askliːpiós/; Latin Aesculapius) is the god of medicine and healing in ancient Greek religion. Asclepius represents the healing aspect of the medical arts; his daughters are Hygieia ("Hygiene"), Iaso ("Medicine"), Aceso ("Healing"), Aglæa/Ægle ("Healthy Glow"), and Panacea ("Universal Remedy"). The rod of Asclepius, a snake-entwined staff, remains a symbol of medicine today, although sometimes the caduceus, or staff with two snakes, is mistakenly used instead. He was associated with the Roman/Etruscan god Vediovis. He was one of Apollo's sons. Like his father the epithet Paean ("the Healer") was applied to Asclepius...

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Asclepius in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology

(*)Asklh/pios). 1. A fabulous personage, said to have been a disciple of Hermes, the Egyptian Thot, who was regarded as the father of all wisdom and knowledge. 2. A Greek grammarian of uncertain date, who wrote commentaries upon the orations of Demosthenes and the history of Thucydides; but both works are now lost. (Ulpian, ad Dem. Phililp. I; Schol. Bavar. ad Denm. de fals. leg. pp. 375, 378; Marcellin. Vit. Thuc. 57; Schol. ad Thuc. 1.56.) 3. Of Tralles, a Peripatetic philosopher and a disciple of Ammonius, the son of Hermias. He lived about A. D. 500. (*)Asklh/pios), a physician, who must have lived some time in or before the second century after Christ, as he is mentioned by Galen. (De Differ. Morb. 100.9. vol. vi. p. 869.) A person of the same name is quoted by the Scholiast on Hippocrates (Dietz, Schol. in Hippocr. et Gal. vol. ii. p. 458, n.. 470, n.) as having written a commentary on the Aphorisms, and probably also on most of the other works of Hippocrates, as he is said to have undertaken to explain his writings by comparing one part with another. (Ibid.; Littre, Oeuvres d'Hippocr. vol. i. p. 125.) Another physician of the same name is said by Fabricius to be mentioned by Aetius. - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.

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