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Asclepius (Greek God)
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The figure of Asclepius – divine healer and healing god – reveals a specific transitional potential in Mediterranean polytheism (Monotheism). As the son of Apollo and of a mortal woman, Asclepius is himself mortal, and is indeed faced with death; because Asclepius raises a dead man to life through his skill as a physician, Zeus finally kills him with a bolt of lightning. As a hero, he is venerated like a god, while at the same time being closer to human existence than the Olympian gods. The extraordinary diffusion of his cult in the …

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Gladigow, Burkhard, “Asclepius (Greek God)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 30 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_01134>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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