from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Roman Mythology The god of medicine and healing.
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- proper n. The god of medicine and healing. Greek counterpart: Asclepius
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The god of medicine. Hence, a physician.
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- n. son of Apollo; a hero and the Roman god of medicine and healing; his daughters were Hygeia and Panacea
In the West a translation of a portion of it known as Aesculapius and attributed to Apuleius circulated as early as the time of Augustine who quotes it exten - sively in book eight of The City of God.
“Hail first to thee, Baal-Eschmoun, the deliverer, whom the people of my country call Aesculapius! and to you, genii of the fountains, light, and woods! and to you, ye gods hidden beneath the mountains and in the caverns of the earth! and to you, strong men in shining armour who have set me free!”
Apollo also killed at least one of the Cyclopes to retribution for Zeus killing his son Aesculapius. hueylou
And below it, a lovely Venetian window, complete with stone tracery, which used to look out on some view of the Temple of Aesculapius, perhaps; but now it is filled in by a modern window-frame which looks through the same window in the opposite direction, out into the alleyway which, perhaps, used to be a corridor.
The Temple of Aesculapius, for example, used to include a building and a great forecourt as part of its status as a temple (see the map at the bottom).
This is no invention on the spur of the moment; nearly three years since, in a public discourse on the greatness of Aesculapius delivered by me during the first days of my residence at Oea, I made the same boast and recounted the number of the mysteries I knew.
Aesculapius reigned paramount in the premises at Fairladies.
And in that we say that He made whole the lame, the paralytic, and those born blind, we seem to say what is very similar to the deeds said to have been done by Aesculapius.
The arches on the third floor of the Colosseum were decorated by three eagles, signs of power in Rome, while the second floor had statues of ancient gods such as Hercules, Apollo and Aesculapius.
I acknowledge it a most noble and divine science, in so much that Apollo, Aesculapius, and the first founders of it, merito pro diis habiti, were worthily counted gods by succeeding ages, for the excellency of their invention.
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