Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece

Asclepius was the personification of the ideal doctor. He was the god of healing and medicine and posessed also the power to raise dead people

Family of Asclepius

Asclepius was the son of the Olympian god Apollo and the beautiful mortal Coronis and one of the youngest gods in Greek Mythology. His wife was Epione, the goddess of soothing, with whom Asclepius gave birth to many children, among them Hygieia, the Greek goddess of health.

Asclepius and Medicine

According to the ancient Greek belief, Asclepius was the personification of the ideal physician. The wise Centaur Chiron helped him acquire a great skill in medicine, alleviating mortals from their pains. According to the legend, once Athena gave him the blood of Medusa and with this blood Asclepius discovered a way to resurrect people.

The Death of Asclepius

When Zeus, the King of the gods, found out about the great power of Asclepius, he started worrying that Asclepius would soon be able to rule the world. He therefore threw a thunderbolt at the hero and transformed him into a constellation. The constellation of Asclepius received the name called Ophiuchus ("the serpent carrier")

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