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Asclepius - The Healers

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The Healers

This clique is great to have around, especially when you're not feeling so well. Everybody in this group is mad skilled at healing just like Asclepius. No matter what ails you, they know how to fix it. So yeah, if you've got a funny looking mole that needs looking at, don't be bashful—it's their job!


Hygeia was the most famous of Asclepius' health-obsessed kids. Being the goddess of good health itself, Hygeia was particularly obsessed. She was usually worshipped everywhere her dear old dad was, like their big temples in Argos and Epidaurus.


Yeah, it looks like the penchant for healing totally runs in the family. Asclepius' father, the great god Apollo, was also thought of as a god of healing. Apollo was the god of so many other things, though, that he left most of the doctor-ly duties to the healing hands of his son.


This ancient Egyptian was a whole lot like Asclepius; sometimes these two dudes were even thought of as the same person. Like his Greek counterpart, Imhotep was thought of as the first doctor and was famous for his healing abilities. Also like Asclepius, he was said to have started off as a mortal, but then been worshiped as a god later on.

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