Friday, May 20, 2011

Not forgotten...


Paean Asclepius ("the healer" Asclepius) was a son of Paean Apollo. He was cut out from his dead mother Coronis' womb and put into the care of the centaur Chiron as Apollo was too busy to look after the child. Chiron taught him the art of medicine, enabling him to become the god of healing. His medical skills led to his demise: he was able to bring people back from the dead which so annoyed Zeus that he killed him. Asclepius' symbol was his staff entwined with a snake and the constellation Ophiuchus (the serpent bearer) is named after him.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

did Asclepius discover prozac?

4:55 am  
Anonymous kinglear said...

Did Zeus chop his arm off before killing him? Or was he lefthanded?Puerile I know.....

3:40 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

I think he preferred snake venom, Anon

Must have been the thunderbolt or the snake, KL

5:09 pm  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Always an education to visit here, WW.

10:42 pm  

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