Esculape, (Myth.) The god of medicine, supposed to have been the son of Apollo and Coronis. He is said to have raised men from the dead, so that Jupiter, fearing lest the realms of Pluto should become depopulated, struck him with thunder. After his death he was translated to heaven. He is usually represented as a venerable old man with a flowing beard; Hygieia, (i.e. "Health,") is said to have been a daughter of Aesculapius. This noble head was purchased for the British Museum a few years since in Paris, by Mr. Charles Newton, who gave it the name which it bears.--Thomas' Dictionary of Biography and Mythology, p. 57. [Pp. 20-21.]
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