The Rod of Asclepius
The Rod of Asclepius is an ancient Greek symbol associated with medicine, consisting of a serpent coiled around a rod.
In ancient Greek religion and mythology, Asclepius was the god of medicine and healing. His daughters are Hygieia (goddess
of cleanliness), Iaso (goddess of recuperation from illness), Aceso (goddess of the healing process), Aglea (the goddess of splendor
and adornment), and Panacea (goddess of universal remedy).
Asclepius is the god of Healing. He is the son of Apollo (god of healing, truth, and prophecy) and the nymph Coronis. While pregnant
with Asclepius, Coronis secretly took a second, mortal lover. When Apollo found out, he sent Artemis to kill her. While Coronis burned
on the funeral pyre, Apollo felt pity and rescued the unborn child from the corpse. Asclepius was taught about medicine and healing by
the wise centaur Cheiron and became so skilled in it that he succeeded in bringing one of his patients back from the dead. Zeus, king
of the gods, felt that the immortality of the Gods was threatened and struck down the healer with a thunderbolt. At Apollo’s request,
Asclepius was placed among the stars as Ophiuchus, the serpent-bearer. In the Iliad, Homer mentions Asceplius only as a skillful
physician and the father of two Greek doctors at Troy, Machaon, and Podalirius; in later times, however, he was honored as a hero and
eventually worshiped as a god. The cult began in Thessaly but spread to many parts of Greece. Because it was supposed that Asclepius
effected cures of the sick in dreams, the practice of sleeping in his temples in Epidaurus in South Greece became common. In 293 B.C.
his cult spread to Rome. Asclepius was frequently represented standing and dressed in a long cloak with bare breast; his usual attribute
was a staff with a serpent coiled around it. This staff is the only true symbol of medicine. Citation
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Metal: 14K White Gold
DIMENSIONS: HEIGHT: 1.20 in | WIDTH: 0.20 in | DEPTH: in | WEIGHT: 2.60 Grams