Sanctuary of Asklepios

Further along on the gallery’s left side are finds from the sanctuary of Asklepios, the god of medicine, which was also located on the South Slope of the Acropolis. The many dedications, with scenes of worshippers approaching Asklepios and his family, and anatomical votive offerings, featuring depictions of the parts of the human body that had been healed, bear witness to the sanctuary’s great importance in the religious life of the city.

The Asklepios sanctuary, which also functioned as a healing centre, was founded in 420/19 BC. It included a temple with the god’s cult statue; an altar; a sacred spring; an offering pit and two stoas. One served as a dining hall for priests and visitors; the other as a enkoimeterion or abaton – where patients spent the night, believing that Asklepios would visit them in their dreams and miraculously cure them, or give them healing advice.



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