The Cult of Asklepios Volume 3

The Cult of Asklepios Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...to the priest and even wanting in some instances, but if the treatment of suppliants was at all scientific, the priest left the suppliant at the door of the sleeping-room, and a physician took the charge. In some places the cult was a worship of the god Asklepios, while in others, the temple became a hospital and the cult was subordinated. Such was the historical development of the whole institution also. For the worship of the god, a priest was necessary only for the purpose of conducting the sacrifices, offering prayers, and interpreting dreams. From the nature of the cures which were effected, we may judge whether there was any scientific handling of the cases. Attestations of the cures are of three kinds: first, the votive offerings left by patients, which represent the cured portion of the body; second, the steles which tell the history of cures; and last, a scanty collection of allusions in literature. Votive offerings from Athens representing parts of the body are known to us through inventories.1 These included almost every part of the body, besides representations of the entire person. The most common offering is a pair of eyes, gold or silver, showing that diseases of the eyes were even more prevalent in Greece than now. Aristophanes appropriately pictures the cure of a blind god. Some sort of truth must have been beneath the devotion which consecrated these -CIA. II. 2,766; 767; 835; 836; 839. objects. Had the ritual been purely religious, these offerings would have been such as to please the deity, not to show gratitude. But proof of a cure is no proof of its method. A model of a man's hand may indicate a cure by miracle or scientific treatment. As far as direct record goes, the cures were effected by miracle only, as was...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236612590
  • 9781236612595