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Gallery: Olympian Healers

The Snake and Its Medical Associations

Title page of Marco Aurelio Severino. Vipera Pythia. (Patavii: Typis Pauli Frambotti, 1651) The snake symbolized rejuvenation and healing to many ancient Mediterranean cultures. On this 17th-century title page, the single-snake staff of Asclepius and the double snake of the caduceus appear with other ancient medical images involving snakes.

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