Who was Asklepeos? He was a demi-god in ancient times and the leader of a cult

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Asklepeion, Ampeliki, Skopelos

4th century BC

Who was Asklepeos? Well, he was a demi-god in ancient times and the leader of a cult. In a world of slavery, in which human life was worthless, this cult raised the level of humanity for the benefit of the individual.So, Asklepeos, the healer of all sickness, was an exception in the Greek pantheon, whose representatives were usually regarded with fear. Over a period of 1000 years, the cult of Asklepeos  developed on an international scale in the ancient world , with Epodauros as the center and over 300 sanctuaries in the Mediterranean region. It is said that the name Asklepeos originated either from the ancient Greek word “Asklepas” (a name for a snake) or from the surname of his mother , Aigia.According to the myth, Asklepeos had several children, including a daughter “Hygieia” from whose name the English word “hygiene” derives.

Asklepeos was killed on orders from the underworld because not enough individuals were dying. Later he was brought back to life and transformed into a god. Zeus placed the image of Asklepeos, with his staff and snake, among the stars. This temple site of Asklepeion was first excavated in 1965 when a treasure of ancient coins from classic to the end of Roman period were found plus as statue of Diana (3rd century BC) and a marble torso of a child holding a stick; further excavations were made in 1995 which brought to light walls and pottery.

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Σκόπελος 370 03 Skopelos Town, Skopelos 370 03, Greece
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