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Asclepius

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    Some people say that Asclepius, the god of medicine, was never a god at all. Instead, he was just a mortal man who just so happened to be the best doctor ever. Asclepius was so skilled at healing that he even figured out how to bring people back from the dead. (That's about as good as it gets.) Zeus, however, was not impressed with Asclepius' talent for zombie-making, and the king of the gods zapped the good doctor with a lightning bolt.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Asclepius

    Nickname

    Dr. A

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    The stars, the Underworld, or Olympus (depends on who you ask)

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    God of Medicine and Healing and/or Best Mortal Doctor Ever

    Education

    Chiron's School of Healing

    Beliefs

    Political views

    I only care about healing everyone, no matter their allegiances.

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Apollo (Dad)
    Corios (Mom)

    Siblings

    None

    Children

    Hygeia (goddess of health)
    Panaceia (goddess of cure-alls)
    Aigle (goddess of radiant good health)
    Iaso (goddess of cures)
    Akeso (goddess of the process of healing)
    Podaleirios (mortal son, legendary healer)
    Machaon (mortal son, legendary healer)

    Friends

    Chiron

    Enemies

    Nosoi (spirits of disease)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Married to Epione (goddess of soothing pain)

    Interested in

    My lovely wife

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Coma
    House
    Grey's Anatomy 
    The Walking Dead 
    ER
    Lost

    Quotations

    "The poets did well to conjoin music and medicine, because the office of medicine is but to tune the curious harp of man's body."
    – Francis Bacon Jr.

    "Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal."
    – Sir Thomas More

    "Health is not valued till sickness comes."
    – Thomas Fuller

    "Heal the world.
    Make it a better place.
    For you and for me
    And the entire human race."
    – from "Heal the World" by Michael Jackson (me and Hygeia's song)

    "You may say I'm a dreamer,
    but I'm not the only one.
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will live as one."
    – from "Imagine" by John Lennon

    Books

    The Plague by Albert Camus 
    Angels in America by Tony Kushner 
    The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy 
    "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost 
    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 
    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner 
    "In the Waiting Room" by Elizabeth Bishop 
    Gray's Anatomy by Henry Gray
    Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss 
    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson 

    Music

    Imagine by John Lennon 
    Everybody Hurts by R.E.M 
    What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong 
    The Healer by John Lee Hooker and Santana 
    Three Little Birds by Bob Marley 
    Heal the World by Michael Jackson 
    Dr. Love by Kiss 
    Dr. Jones by Aqua (What can I say, I have a guilty pleasure…)

    Movies

    Patch Adams 
    Awakenings 
    Night of the Living Dead 
    How to Survive a Plague 
    The Waiting Room
    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
    Gandhi
    Life is Beautiful 

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Pharmacies
    Universal healthcare
    Hand sanitizer

    Interests

    Medicine
    Healing

    Groups

    Doctors Without Borders
    International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement 
    Amnesty International

    • Spotter's Guide

      What's the matter? Are you sick? Just wondering, because most people looking for Dr. Asclepius are hoping to take advantage of his famous healing hands. You'll know him when you see a distinguished gentleman with a thick grey beard and hair. The real give away is the staff he carries with a live snake twined around it. Don't worry, the snake isn't poisonous—at least, we don't think so.

      Sex: Male
      Age: Usually shown as a dignified older man
      Build: Fit
      Complexion: Healthy
      Hair Color: White/grey
      Facial Hair: Full beard
      Scars/marks/tattoos: None
      Jewelry and accessories: Staff entwined with a snake
      Clothing: White robes
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: None

      Typical Companions:

      Hygeia
      Snakes
      Sometimes dogs

      Known Hangouts:

      Temples of healing
      Hospitals
      The sky (as a constellation)

    • Sightings

      Jan 1, 1970

      Plutus by Aristophanes

      In this ancient comedy, Plutus, the god of wealth, is healed of blindness in a temple of Asclepius.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      A Description of Greece by Pausanias

      Get the low down on what it was like to visit an ancient temple of Asclepius from a dude who actually was there.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Metamorphoses by Ovid

      Check out all the details of Asclepius' gory birth in this classic collection of mythological poems.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Marvel Comics

      The god of medicine pops up to do some healing in the Marvel Universe, making his first appearance in Ares #4.

      Dec 20, 2019

      God of War

      In the God of War comic book series, Kratos travels to the Spire of Asclepius in search of a cure for his plague-ridden daughter, Calliope.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

      In this book from the Heroes of Olympus series, Vitellus is a descendant of Asclepius and tries to fill his ancestor's shoes by becoming a medic.