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Asclepius is the son of Apollo and Coronis. His mother Coronis was killed by Apollo after Helios discovers she is having an affair with a mortal man. After telling Apollo this, he becomes enraged and shoot Coronis.
Remorseful, he cremates her body on a funeral pyre. From the fire he saves his son Asclepius, and Asclepius becomes the God of Medicine.
He was raised by the centaur Cheiron, in which he was taught the arts of man. Perhaps his most famous symbol is the one-snake Caduceus, a staff that has a snake on it.
He is also famously known for trying to bring people back to life, and he was quite successful in doing it. His most famous act was bringing back Hippolytus, Artemis' devoted follower. For this act, Zeus cast Asclepius down into Tartaros for eternity.
- Asclepius holding the caduceus
- Sketch of Asclepius and the caduceus
· Class Notes 4/13/07
· Class notes 4/11/07