Site display: Normal | Text Only

My Collection | About Us | Teachers

Find objects

Select from more than one or two options below:

Objects search

Can't find what you're looking for? Try the search below.

Bottle of medicinal water from temple of Asklepios at Epidaurus, Greece, collected 1930

The typed label pasted to the side of the bottle on the right gives us its source – the well at the temple of Asklepios at Epidaurus, Greece. Asklepios was the Greco-Roman god of healing and medicine. At the temple, those experiencing illness were cured in their dreams by the god as they slept, or had their dreams interpreted to get a treatment that would cure them. This was known as incubation. Epidaurus, in southern Greece, was one of the most famous sites of a temple dedicated to Asklepios. Deserted since the 700s CE, the ruins can still be visited today. The bottle was collected by Captain P Johnston-Saint, one of Henry Wellcome’s collecting agents. The water is shown here with a similar example collected from the temple of Asklepios at Athens (A79498).

Object number:




Glossary: bottle

Vessels having a neck and mouth considerably narrower than the body, used for packaging and containing liquid and dry preparations

Glossary: medicinal water

No description.