Cult of Asclepius
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Cult of Asclepius
Asclepius, Cult of (Ἀσκληπιός, Asklēpios). A religion centered on Asclepius, the god of healing.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Asclepius, Cult of
ASCLEPIUS, CULT OF. Asclepius was the most important god of healing in the Greco-Roman world. In the 1st century c.e. and even more in the 2d, his benefactions as a miraculous healer and divine guide were celebrated in hundreds of temples across the Roman empire. Inevitably, as Christianity emerged proclaiming
Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, Volumes I–III
PHILOLA′US (Φιλόλαος), that is, friend of the people, was a surname of Asclepius, under which he had a temple in Laconia (Paus. iii. 22. § 7). It occurs also as the proper name of a son of Minos and the nymph Pareia, in Paros. (Apollod. ii. 9. § 5, iii. 1. § 2.)[L. S.]