The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion in collaboration with the Museum of Medicine of the Medical School of the University of Crete and the Network of Messara Associations, invites you to the opening of the periodical exhibition “Remedies of the Ancients. The God Asklepios in Lebena”, which will take place on Friday, May 6, at 17:30, in the Event Hall of AMI.
The exhibition includes exhibits from the sacred Asclepieion of ancient Lebena (today’s settlement Lenta) and specific sculptures and inscriptions-remedies, which are exhibited for the first time to the public.
The Asclepieion of Lebena was one of the most important in Greece, as mentioned by ancient writers. Pilgrims from all over the island came to the sanctuary to be healed with the help of Asclepius, the patron saint of health. Recipes for treatments have survived to this day, through the votive inscriptions that were built into the area of the cemetery.
The exhibition is framed with rich information and supervisory material about the worship of Asclepius, its evolution over time and the Asclepieia, sacred places of worship and healing in antiquity.
The event will take place with the current sanitary measures against the spread of Covid 19.