Votive Relief to Asclepius

Votive Relief to Asclepius

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Caption: This votive relief to Asclepius is a polyvisceral ceramic plaque shaped like an open human chest with some of the internal organs showing (3-2nd century BC). In the Greco-Roman world, where it was believed that some gods were responsible for ill-heath, the sick and their families appealed for help to Asculepius, the most famous god of healing. This votive was found in Rome on the banks of the Tiber near the Temple of Aesculapius, known as the the Asklepeion Sanctuary, on the island of Tiburina. Here there were facilities for the treatment of illnesses. The sick and their families came to the temple with their votive offerings either in thanksgiving or in supplication, often in the form of a small replica of a body part. Many anatomical votives have been discovered on or near the Tiburina island.

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