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Asclepius

Collection and Interpretation of the Testimonies

Emma J. Edelstein and Ludwig Edelstein
introduction by Gary Ferngren

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A classic study of the legendary Greek physician and—in the last stages of paganism—the Greek deity who posed the greatest challenge to Christ.

Throughout nearly all of antiquity, the legendary Greek physician, Asclepius, son of Apollo and Coronis, was not only the primary representative of divine healing, but also so influential in the religious life of later centuries that, as Emma J. Edelstein and Ludwig Edelstein point out, "in the final stages of paganism, of all genuinely Greek gods, [he] was judged the foremost antagonist of Christ." Providing an overview of all facets of the Asclepius...

A classic study of the legendary Greek physician and—in the last stages of paganism—the Greek deity who posed the greatest challenge to Christ.

Throughout nearly all of antiquity, the legendary Greek physician, Asclepius, son of Apollo and Coronis, was not only the primary representative of divine healing, but also so influential in the religious life of later centuries that, as Emma J. Edelstein and Ludwig Edelstein point out, "in the final stages of paganism, of all genuinely Greek gods, [he] was judged the foremost antagonist of Christ." Providing an overview of all facets of the Asclepius phenomenon, this book, first published in two volumes in 1945, comprises a unique collection of the literary references and inscriptions in ancient texts—given in both the original and translation—to the deity, his life, his deeds, his cult, and his temples, as well as an extended analysis of them.

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It will remain the cornerstone for future study.

A useful and scholarly work which in certain respects makes considerable contributions to our knowledge and appreciation of Asclepius.

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10
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782
ISBN
9780801857690
Author Bios
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Ludwig Edelstein

Ekaterina N. Lomperis is a PhD candidate in theology at the University of Chicago and a junior fellow at the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion.
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Gary B. Ferngren

Gary B. Ferngren is a professor of history at Oregon State University, editor of Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction, and author of Medicine and Health Care in Early Christianity, both published by Johns Hopkins.