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Asclepius - Zeus vs. Asclepius

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Zeus vs. Asclepius

Case Description: Complainant (Zeus) accuses Defendant (Asclepius) of crimes against nature. Zeus totally flipped out when Asclepius eventually became so good at healing that he started raising people from the dead. (According to some, Asclepius gained this ability either by receiving a special herb from a snake, or by using the all-healing blood of Gorgo given to him by Athena.)

Case Status: Case closed. Zeus sentenced Asclepius to death and zapped the doctor with a thunderbolt.

Addendum: To appease Apollo over his son's death, Zeus placed Asclepius in the stars as the constellation Ophiuchus, the Serpent Holder. We should also note that according to some, Asclepius was killed for raising Hippolytus, son of Theseus, from the dead.

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