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Unformatted text preview: Amelia Frey MMM CSP 26 Response paper #4 9/28/07 Cultures of Antiquity: Where Medicine and Religion Meet Asclepius represents one of the few humans who were raised to divine status among the ancient Greeks . The reasoning behind that fact is that he had a somewhat mythical background, being raised and taught in the art of medicine by centaurs, particularly the legendary Chiron . 1 Chiron was the only immortal centaur in Greek mythology, and taught many of the Greek heroes, including Asclepius, because of his wisdom and goodness . He taught Asclepius the arts of healing and hunting, and was credited with his knowledge and success . Obviously, the distinction between medicine and religion is extremely vague in this case, especially considering that Asclepius, the greatest physician in the Greek world, had a temple dedicated to him, where people came to be healed of their various ailments . The thin line between medicine and religion is commonly crossed over in ancient Greek texts because of the religious tradition bound to society, which causes writers of antiquity to struggle with the distinction between the two, even combining them in many cases . In order to distinguish between the two, one must consider the historical context. The most difficult part of reconstructing history is hypothesizing why someone, or something, lived a...
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This note was uploaded on 10/30/2008 for the course CSP 26 taught by Professor Upson-saia during the Fall '07 term at Occidental.
- Fall '07