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Asklepios, Medicine, and the Politics of Healing in Fifth-Century Greece: Between Craft and Cult Hardcover – December 30, 2008

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Editorial Reviews


Wickkiser covers a huge amount of ground and provides the best synthesis of the current literature on the cult of Asklepios that has been produced.

(Helen King, University of Reading)

Wickkiser, by focusing on a single historical event of some significance, has inserted an intriguing new angle to an old debate... In this respect, the present study provides the basis for further research into the significant questions which it raises.

(Konstantinos Kapparis, Ph.D. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences)

Elegantly written, and with a sound command of the original Greek, it provides an excellent introduction to the rise of Asclepius' cult in Athens. It also promotes a clear and challenging thesis.

(Vivian Nutton Aestimatio: Critical Reviews in the History of Science)

This book will be very useful to students and scholars (especially chapters four and five) of medical history, as it is a very clear introduction to the subject and somewhat renews our perspective on the origins of the cult of Asclepios in Athens.

(Caroline Petit Social History of Medicine)

Wickkiser freshly appraises our best evidence for the importation of the cult―namely, the Telemachus monument―in order to embed the event in both the space of the city and the local dynamics of power.

(Brooke Holmes Bulletin of the History of Medicine)

I have enjoyed reading this work enormously, and would recommend it to anyone seeking a short introduction to Asklepios, or to anyone teaching a course on ancient medicine or ancient 'religion'.

(Laurence Totelin Medical History)

A fresh and original contribution to the scholarship on Asklepios.

(Jennifer Larson Religious Studies Review)

About the Author

Bronwen L. Wickkiser is an assistant professor of classics at Vanderbilt University.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801889782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801889783
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,082,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christina Tarnopolsky on July 25, 2011
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Very interesting book. It offers a novel understanding of the relationship between Hippocratic medicine and the medicine of Asklepios, as well as a very interesting theory about why the cult of Asklepios was introduced in Athens during the late 5th century B.C. Finally, it offers the modern reader a way of thinking about our own medical practices in new and novel ways.
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