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01253--Asklepios in Greek Mythology



Asklepios in Greek Mythology

 

Asklepios (Asclepius) was the god of healing in Greek mythology, and was the son of the Olympian god Apollo and a mortal woman named Coronis. The legend is that Apollo's twin sister Artemis caught the pregnant Coronis having an affair with another man. Artemis punished the betrayal of her brother by killing the woman, but either Hermes or Apollo rescued the unborn child. The infant, Asklepios, was sent to live with the wise centaur Chiron, and in time it was Chiron who taught Asklepios the art of medicine and healing. 




Epione was his wife, and with her  he had two sons: Machaon and Podalirius.  Epione had a daughter - Hygeia, the goddess who personified health. In mythology and art, Asklepios was symbolized by the snake as took the shape of a snake on occasion. 

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