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Asklepios

Asclepius is the god of medicine and healing in ancient Greek mythology. Asclepius represents the healing aspect of the medical arts, while his daughters Hygieia, Meditrina, Iaso, Aceso, Agla, and Panacea (literally, "all-healing") symbolize the forces of cleanliness, medicine, and healing, respectively.


Pergamon, Mysia, c. 133 - 16 B.C.

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When the Pergamene king Attalus III died without an heir in 133 B.C., to prevent a civil war, he bequeathed the kingdom to the Roman Republic.

The Greeks and Romans did not view snakes as evil creatures but rather as symbols and tools for healing and fertility. Asclepius, the son of Apollo and Koronis, learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one serpent bringing another healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing.
GB72021. Bronze AE 21, SNG BnF 1803 ff.; BMC Mysia p. 129, 158; SNGvA 1372; SNG Cop -, Nice VF, attractive green patina, nice style, weight 7.440 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 45o, Pergamon mint, c. 133 - 16 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Asklepios right; reverse AΣKΛHΠIOY / ΣΩTHPOΣ, Asklepian snake coiled around omphalos; $150.00 (130.50)


Aurelian, August or September 270 - October or November 275 A.D.

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The Greeks and Romans did not view snakes as evil creatures but rather as symbols and tools for healing and fertility. Asclepius, the son of Apollo and Koronis, learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one serpent bringing another healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing.
RB63743. Bronze antoninianus, RIC V 258, BnF XII - (see XII.2 p. 389), aVF, weight 3.019 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 0o, Serdica (Sofia, Bulgaria) mint, 1st emission, 271 A.D.; obverse IMP C D AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse CONSERVATOR AVG, Aesculapius standing facing, head left, holding staff entwined with snake, SERD in ex; scarce; $95.00 (82.65)


Pergamon, Mysia, c. 133 - 16 B.C.

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When the Pergamene king Attalus III died without an heir in 133 B.C., to prevent a civil war, he bequeathed the kingdom to the Roman Republic.
GB71982. Bronze AE 15, BMC Mysia p. 128, 155, SNG BnF 1832 ff., SNGvA 1373; SGCV II 3968, VF, green patina, scratch on obverse, weight 2.677 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, die axis 0o, Pergamon mint, Roman rule, c. 133 - 16 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Asklepios right; reverse AΣKΛHΠIOY ΣΩTHPOΣ (to Asklepios the Savior), snake-encircled Asklepian staff; $90.00 (78.30)







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