Reference : Asclépios et les médecins d’après les inscriptions grecques : des relations cultuelles
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Asclépios et les médecins d’après les inscriptions grecques : des relations cultuelles
[en] Asklepios and the Doctors in Greek Epigraphy : Cult Relationship
Nissen, Cécile mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences historiques > Histoire de l'art et archéologie de l'antiquité classique - Département des sciences historiques >]
Medicina nei Secoli: Arte e Scienza
Institute for the History of Medicine At the University of Rome
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[en] Medical History ; Epigraphy ; Healing Cults
[fr] Histoire médicale ; Epigraphie ; Cultes guérisseurs
[en] The Greek inscriptions afford several examples of the relationship between Asklepios, the god of medicine, and the human doctors, in Graeco-Roman Antiquity. Many dedications of steles, statues, altars and even sanctuaries were consecrated to Asklepios by doctors. Other physicians have undertaken the offices of zacorate or priesthood in the worship of Asklepios. In some cities, notably at Athens and Ephesos, the doctors sacrificed collectively to the physician-god. The aim of this paper is to explain these cult relations between Asklepios and the doctors. After the Asklepiads, doctors at Kos and Knidos, who were believed to be the descendants of Asklepios, all the ancient doctors were connected with Asklepios by their techne; the physician-god was the divine patron of the physicians. Furthermore although the doctors rejected the divine origin of the diseases, they acknowledged the healing power of the gods, especially Asklepios, and could seek his help.
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