Asclepius: Collection and Interpretation of the Testimonies, Volume 1

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JHU Press, Mar 20, 1998 - History - 782 pages
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A classic study of the legendary Greek physician and—in the last stages of paganism—the Greek deity who posed the greatest challenge to Christ.

Throughout nearly all of antiquity, the legendary Greek physician, Asclepius, son of Apollo and Coronis, was not only the primary representative of divine healing, but also so influential in the religious life of later centuries that, as Emma J. Edelstein and Ludwig Edelstein point out, "in the final stages of paganism, of all genuinely Greek gods, [he] was judged the foremost antagonist of Christ." Providing an overview of all facets of the Asclepius phenomenon, this book, first published in two volumes in 1945, comprises a unique collection of the literary references and inscriptions in ancient texts—given in both the original and translation—to the deity, his life, his deeds, his cult, and his temples, as well as an extended analysis of them.

 

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Contents

LEGEND
1
DESCENDANTS
60
DEIFICATION AND DIVINE NATURE
177
T 556575
225
DEIFICATION AND DIVINE NATURE
232
MEDICINE
337
IMAGES
343
Artists
349
THE HERO ASCLEPIUS 164
1
Asclepius the Hero of Physicians 5364
53
THE GOD ASCLEPIUS 65138
65
TEMPLE MEDICINE 139180
139
CULT 181213
181
CULT
205
IMAGE 214231
214
TEMPLES 232257
232

Material
355
SANCTUARIES
370
INDEX LOCORUM
453
List of ABBREVIATIONS 257260
257
INDEX OF NAMES 271277
271
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Emma J. Edelstein (1904-1958), a classical scholar, received her doctorate from the University of Heidelberg in 1933. She is the author of Xenophontisches und platonisches bild des Sokrates. Ludwig Edelstein (1902-1965), professor of classics, philosophy, and the history of medicine, taught at the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Washington, the University of California, and the Rockefeller Institute (later Rockefeller University). He is the author of The Hippocratic Oath: Text, Translation, Interpretation, The Idea of Progress in Classical Antiquity, and The Meaning of Stoicism. Gary Ferngren is professor of history at Oregon State University.