“Gentle Asclepius, that craftsman of new health for weary limbs and banisher of pain, the godlike healer of all mortal sickness”.
[Pindar, Pythian Ode 3. 5 ff. C5th BC].–
Asclepius (Roman equivalent: Aesculapius) was the son of Apollo and a mortal woman named Coronis.
While Coronis was with Apollo, she became enamoured with Ischys, an Arcadian, and Apollo was informed of this by a raven, which he had set to watch her, or, according to Pindar, by his own prophetic powers.
Apollo sent his own sister, Artemis to kill Coronis. Presumably, Artemis destroyed Coronis in her own house at Lacereia in Thessaly.
According to Ovid, it was Apollo himself who killed Coronis and Ischys.
When the body of Coronis was to be burnt, Apollo, or, according to others Hermes, the messenger of the Gods…
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