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Book: Healing, Disease and Placebo in Graeco-Roman Asclepius Temples

Chapter: Forming Ideas about Asclepius and His Healing Power

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.42453


Chapter 2 briefly overviews the ancient literary sources that preserve the major mythical sagas about Asclepius, his superhuman powers and his relationship to human doctors. The representations in the mythical narratives that would have made the stories about Asclepius particularly catching and memorable for people of that era are examined.

Chapter Contributors

  • Olympia Panagiotidou ( - olypan) 'Aristotle University of Thessaloniki'