Asclepius Timeline

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  • c. 700 BCE
    Greek poet Hesiod writes his Theogony and Works and Days.
  • c. 500 BCE
    Asclepius becomes principal god of worship at Epidaurus.
  • 400 BCE - 390 BCE
    A sanctuary to Asclepius is built at Agrigento.
  • c. 380 BCE - c. 375 BCE
    Temple to Asclepius constructed at Epidaurus.
  • c. 350 BCE
    The Ascelpeion is built on Kos.
  • c. 340 BCE - c. 330 BCE
    Theatre of Epidaurus first constructed.
  • 292 BCE
    The Romans adopt the Greek god of medicine Asclepius by stealing his sacred snake from Epidaurus and setting up a temple on the Tiber Island.
  • 242 BCE
    The games held in honour of Asclepius on Kos are given Panhellenic status.
  • 426 CE
    Roman Emperor Theodosius II orders closure of Epidaurus sanctuary.
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