A Greek God of Healing

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A mythological figure known for his healing powers and for some treatments that are still used today

Submitted: May 10, 2012

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Submitted: May 10, 2012




Asclepius was called the healing God although he was not a major God in Greek mythology, he is a crucial part of Grecian mythology. He was one of the Argonauts, and through their adventures he associated with many of the major Greek heroes.

Apollo like the other male gods had many lovers, most of the women produced sons through their union with Apollo. One of these was Asclepius. The mother was Coronis  but she didn't live long enough to give birth son.

While she had the audacity to make plans of marrying a mortal;  a crow revealed this to Apollo.  The crow was punished by the whim of the God who changed the color of the formerly white crow black. Apollo also punished his lover by burning her on a pyre.  However, before Coronis was reduced to ashes, Apollo rescued the unborn infant from the flames.

Asclepius needed someone to raise him and so Apollo decided that the wise centaur Chiron who  trained several of the great Greek heroes Achilles, Jason, Medus, Patroclus, and Peleus was a good choice for the education of Asclepius.

Apollo was also a god of healing, but Chiron was the one who taught the God's son Asclepius the healing arts. Athena also helped. She gave Asclepius the precious blood of the Gorgon Medusa. The blood of the Gorgon, came from two sides. The blood from the right side could heal mankind even from death, while the blood from the left vein would kill.

Asclepius turned into a powerful healer, but after he brought mortals back to life Zeus slew Asclepius with a thunderbolt.

Apollo was infuriated so he took his anger on the Cyclops that made the thunder bolts. Zeus in turn, threatened to banish Apollo to Tartarus, but another God intervened. Zeus sentenced Apollo  to a year working as a herdsman to a human.

Asclepius did have children who would carry on the healing arts. Asclepius' daughter  Hygeia which is connected with our word hygiene, was a Goddess of health.

The best known of the many Greek shrines and temples of Asclepius were at Epidaurus, Cos, and Pergamum.  Hippocrates is thought to have studied at Cos and at Pergamum.

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