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"The Sanctuary of Asklepios, god of medicine. I'd rather trust a physician than a god to heal me."
―Kassandra[src]
ACOD Sanctuary of Asklepios

A view of the Sanctuary of Asklepios

The Sanctuary of Asklepios was a temple complex dedicated to Asklepios, the Greek god of healing, located within the Valley of Dreams in Argolis, Greece.

Facilities

As a complex, the sanctuary housed multiple buildings.

  • The Abaton, where the patients, after purifying themselves and making offerings or sacrifices to the god, came to sleep. It was believed that Asklepios would show them their cure in their dreams, as interpreted by the priests of the sanctuary.[1][2][3]
  • The Epidauros Sanctuary, where a large statue of Asklepios sat, flanked by images of snakes and where most of the offerings and sacrifices were made.[4][5]
  • The guesthouse, where travellers spent their time before proceeding with the rituals.[6] During the Peloponnesian War, the guesthouse also accommodated military members and the elder priest Mydon.[7]

In addition to these, there was also a stadium,[8] a tholos,[9][10] and the Epidoteion on the grounds.[11]

Practices

The priests kept sacred snakes on the grounds of the sanctuary. They were usually kept in a tholos and brought out when they were needed. During the Peloponnesian War their caretaker was Doreios, who treasured them.[9]

The priests of the sanctuary kept records of all the patients, their ills and their cures. These they inscribed into stone, so "that the glory of Asklepios can be celebrated."[12]

History

At some point the priestess of Hera, Chrysis, seized the control of the sanctuary and the priests within. While most acquiesced out of fear, some joined her like Pleistos, and some protested. Though she allowed the daily life to go on as it had, she forbid collaboration with Hippokrates, considering his methods and ways impious. Chrysis also sought to demolish all mention and memory of the visit of a Spartan woman with an injured baby, going as far as to scratch out most of the stone slab wherein her visit had been recorded,[12] and had the priest who had treated them the most, Mydon, cut out his own tongue as a show of loyalty to her.[13]

When rumors reached Chrysis about the Spartan misthios Kassandra looking for her mother, she tightened her hold, and had all the priests of the sanctuary swear not to tell the eagle-bearing misthios anything on the pain of death.[14]

Behind the scenes

The layout of the Sanctuary of Asklepios in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey is based on the Sanctuary of Asklepios, Epidaurus, with the exception that what is deemed to be a temple of Artemis is in-game referred to as archives.[15]

Gallery

Appearances

References

  1. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyArgolis: Abaton
  2. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyArgolis: Sanctuary of Asklepios
  3. Discovery Tour: Ancient GreeceSanctuary of Asklepios at Epidauros: "The Abaton"
  4. Discovery Tour: Ancient GreeceArgolis: "Temple of Asklepios"
  5. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  6. Discovery Tour: Ancient GreeceArgolis: "Guest House"
  7. Assassin's Creed: OdysseySpeak No Evil
  8. Discovery Tour: Ancient GreeceArgolis: "Stadium"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Assassin's Creed: OdysseyEnough is Enough
  10. Discovery Tour: Ancient GreeceArgolis: "The Tholos and the Sacred Snakes"
  11. Discovery Tour: Ancient GreeceSanctuary of Asklepios at Epidauros
  12. 12.0 12.1 Assassin's Creed: OdysseyWritten in Stone
  13. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyAshes to Ashes
  14. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyA Heart for a Head
  15. Sanctuary of Asklepios, Epidaurus

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