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La salud publica.

SEMIOTTAVA.

Està Esculapio en este altar sentado
En forma de culebra traducido,
Qualquiera que es enfermo ̣ es llagado
Rogandole d’el luego es guarecido.[1]

Notes:

1.  Aesculapius, son of Phoebus [Apollo] and god of medicine and healing. His main sanctuary and centre of healing was near Epidaurus in Greece. The god’s epiphany and symbol was a snake, and a number of sacred snakes were kept at the sanctuary. One of these was brought to Rome in 293 BC in hopes of stopping an outbreak of plague. The snake made its home on the Island in the Tiber, where a shrine and medical centre was subsequently built. See Ovid, Metamorphoses, 15.626ff.


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