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p141 Asclepieia

Article by Leonhard Schmitz, Ph.D., F.R.S.E., Rector of the High School of Edinburgh
on p141 of

William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.:
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.

ASCLEPIEIA (ἀσκληπίεια), the name of festivals which were probably celebrated in all places where temples of Asclepius (Aesculapius) existed. The most celebrated, however, was that of Epidaurus, which took place every five years, and was solemnized with contests of rhapsodists and musicians, and with solemn processions and games (Schol. ad Pind. Nem. III.145; Paus. II.26 § 7). Ἀσκληπίεια are also mentioned at Lampsacus (Böckh, Corp. Inscr. vol. II p1131), and at Athens (Aeschin., c. Ctesiph. p455), which were, probably, like those of Epidaurus, solemnized with musical contests. They took place on the eighth day of the month of Elaphebolion.


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