Asclepius is the god of medicine and healing in ancient Greek religion. Asclepius represents the healing aspect of the medical arts; his daughters are Hygieia ('Hygiene', the goddess/personification of health, cleanliness, and sanitation), Iaso (the goddess of recuperation from illness), Aceso (the goddess of the healing process), Agla/gle (the goddess of beauty, splendor, glory, magnificence, and adornment), and Panacea (the goddess of universal remedy). He was associated with the Roman/Etruscan god Vediovis. He was one of Apollo's sons, sharing with Apollo the epithet Paean ('the Healer'). The rod of Asclepius, a snake-entwined staff, remains a symbol of medicine today. The etymology of the name is unknown. In his revised version of Frisk's Griechisches etymologisches Wrterbuch (Greek etymological dictionary), R.S.P.
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