Bottle of medicinal water from temple of Asklepios at Athens, collected 1930

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1930 in Athens
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Unknown

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Left hand side - A79498, Bottle, originally for Evian water, containing water from the medicinal well of the temple of
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Bottle for medicinal water, with contents, from the well at the temple of Aesculapius at the Acropolis, Athens,
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Bottle for medicinal water, with contents, from the well at the temple of Aesculapius at the Acropolis, Athens, collected in 1930

The typed label pasted to the side of the bottle on the left gives us its source – the well at the temple of Asklepios at the Acropolis in Athens. 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 is known as incubation.

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 Epidaurus (A79498).

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