Aesculapius


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Aesculapius

 [es″cu-la´pe-us]
the god of healing in Roman mythology. The staff of Aesculapius, a rod or staff with a snake entwined around it, is a symbol of medicine and is the official insignia of the American Medical Association.
Staff of Aesculapius.

Aesculapius

(ĕs′kyə-lā′pē-əs)
n. Roman Mythology
The god of medicine and healing.

Aes′cu·la′pi·an adj.

Aesculapius

The Greek mythological son of Apollo. Aesculapius was the God of medicine. His symbol was the snake twined round a staff-now the universal symbol of medicine. His daughters were Hygeia and Therapia, representing, respectively, preventive medicine and medical treatment.
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Apart from those health-cults briefly mentioned here, Aesculapius, Hygeia, and Telesphoros, a rarer cult, Glykon, is also rather common in the Balkans.
Aesculapius. The Hospital Pupil's Guide, Being Oracular Communications, Addressed to Students of the Medical Profession.
A sick man would enter the temple of Apollo or Aesculapius, would perform various ceremonies there, would be purified by lustration, massage and incense, and then, in a state of exaltation, would be stretched on the skin of a ram that had been sacrificed.
An important exception is Plato's dialogues, where for instance one finds Socrates offering a cock to Aesculapius before his death.
Aesculapius, a Roman physician, induced a "deep sleep" and reduced pain by stroking with his hand (Bryan, 1963, p.
Birmingham, Ala.: Aesculapius Publishing; 1978:167-73.
In Book XV, Pythagoras references the culter in condemning the ritual slaughter of bulls, while the same weapon is used in sacrifices celebrating the arrival of the serpent-shaped Aesculapius to Tiber Island (ibid., 2:15.134, 735).
According to written history, physical therapy methods such as exercise and massage have been used in the management of many disorders and taught to medical students since Aesculapius (Asclepius).
The four full-text manuscripts begin with the mountebank's speech, 'The great Master of Medicine, Aesculapius preserve and prolong the sanity of these royal spectators'; they do not include the initial law sports and so could not be a source for the Newdigate version.
The work of physicians however is perhaps more appropriately symbolized by the ancient staff of Aesculapius with its single snake and staff.
Consequently Jesus' healings, "however miraculous in themselves, if they are separated from the prophecies that reveal to us their divinity, would not be able to persuade us of the source of these miracles, since they have a species of similarity with the cures of Aesculapius worked by magic or diabolical virtue" (227).
Asclepios, also known by his Roman name Aesculapius, is the classical god of healing, son of Apollo and a mortal mother, either Coronis, daughter of Phlegyas, or Arsinoe, daughter of Leucippus.