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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Pergamene Kingdom| > GB94443
Pergamon, Mysia, c. 133 - 16 B.C.
|Pergamene| |Kingdom|, |Pergamon,| |Mysia,| |c.| |133| |-| |16| |B.C.|, Asclepius, one of Apollo's sons, was the Greek god of medicine, sharing with Apollo the epithet Paean (the Healer). Pilgrims flocked to the Asclepieia, his healing temples, where the physicians and attendants were known as the Therapeutae. Ritual purification would be followed by offerings or sacrifices to the god, and the supplicant would then spend the night in the holiest part of the sanctuary, the abaton, where the non-venemous snakes slithered around freely on the floor. Any dreams or visions would be reported to a priest who would interpret the dreams and prescribe the appropriate therapy. The rod of Asclepius, a snake-entwined staff, remains a symbol of medicine today.
GB94443. Bronze AE 18, BMC Mysia p. 128, 155; SNG BnF 1828 ff., SNG Cop 370 ff.; SNGvA 1373; Waddington 7097, SGCV II 3968, aF, green patina, porous, Pergamon (Bergama, Turkey) mint, weight 3.235g, maximum diameter 17.6mm, die axis 180o, c. 133 - 16 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Asklepios right; reverse AΣKΛHΠIOY ΣΩTHPOΣ (to Asklepios the Savior), snake-entwined Asklepian staff; SOLD











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