Forming Ideas about Asclepius and His Healing Power
Healing, Disease and Placebo in Graeco-Roman Asclepius Temples - A Neurocognitive Approach - Olympia Panagiotidou
Olympia Panagiotidou [+]
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Olympia Panagiotidou is a Postdoc Researcher at the Department of the Study of Religion at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in Greece. For her research, she has received a scholarship and support from the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece (IKY). She earned her PhD and holds a MA in Cognitive Science and the Study of Religion from Aristotle University and Aarhus University. She also holds a BA in History and Archaeology from Aristotle University.
Chapter 2 briefly overviews the ancient literary sources that preserve the major mythical sagas about Asclepius, his superhuman powers and his relationship to human doctors. The representations in the mythical narratives that would have made the stories about Asclepius particularly catching and memorable for people of that era are examined.