Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


AEsculapius (Gr. Asklepios), son of Apollo and the nymph Coronis, though others assign to him a different origin, was educated in the healing art by the Centaur Chiron. For his impiety in restoring Hippolytus to life Zeus destroyed him with a thunderbolt, but he was admitted to heaven and became the god of medicine. In this character he had many shrines in Greece, the grandest being at Epidaurus, where his effigy represented a bearded old man bearing a knotted stick entwined by a serpent. Hygieia was reputed to be his daughter. The cock, the raven, and the goat were sacred to him.