Photographer's Note

This is the Asclepius Roman Theatre 3 km north of the Pergamon Acropolis. This section of Pergamon functioned as a medical university and a hospital. Asclepius, son of Apollo, was the ancient Greek God of healing. His 5 daughters were Hygieia ("Hygiene", the goddess of health, cleanliness, & sanitation), Iaso (recuperation), Aceso (healing process), Aglæa (beauty) and Panacea (universal remedy). The 2 entwined snakes on a staff (known as the rod of Asclepius) continue to be a symbol of medicine today. "As snakes shed their skin through sloughing, they are symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing."

Pergamon's heyday was 281 – 133 BC. It was later invaded by the Romans, Persians, Arabs & Turks.

I've added a workshop showing a carving on marble of the 2 entwined 'healing' snakes.

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16835 W: 1065 N: 36616] (167304)
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