A child with Down’s Syndrome. During ancient times, the child would have a poor quality of life. Raising a child with Down syndrome is more work for parents than raising an unaffected child.
You feel for the parents because in our generation we have child interventions.
In the region of Peloponnese, Greece, at the Museum of Epidaurus is a collection of ancient medical instruments that are related to the sanctuary of Asklepius.
Need a cure.
Need a salve.
Prayer is good,
But I need a healer.
I am a Greek soldier.
I need all my strength.
Various helmets in ancient Greek times before the Medieval Ages. What comes into my mind – War. Why can’t it be just for ceremonial purposes?
To heal, cure, mend, rehabilitate are such a soothing words. The city of Epidaurus was a center of healing. The main sanctuary area, called the Asklepieion is a healing temple, sacred to the god Asclepius, the god of medicine.
The symbol is of a snake wrapped around a staff which is seen throughout all medical infrastructures as well as the American Medical Association in modern times. This is reminiscent of the staff that Asclepius carried.
The fact shows that the field of medicine in ancient Greece was even during Pre-Hippocractic Oath. Still, I would feel much better with anesthesia. .
I’m sitting at one of the marbled stones with a backrest reserved for the rich Greeks, the noble and aristocratic while they watch entertainment or sport.
Follow me now to the city of Epidaurus in the region of Peloponnese. We got off the bus and noticed more ruins but the best sight yet is the ancient theater. The theater at Epidaurus is a wonder to behold. Built to accommodate 15,000 people and still extremely well preserved.
It is exceptional in that the acoustic properties may be the result of the advanced design: the rows of limestone seats filter out low-frequency sounds, such as the murmur of the crowd, and also amplify the high-frequency sounds of the stage.
A whisper at the top of the theater can be heard by a person at the center of the stage. I am a witness to that fact.
This are the ruins of a fountain or spring. According to the Greek Myth, this spring was the transformed Peirene, nymphe and mother of a son who was accidentaly killed by Artemis.
Fountains were originally purely functional, connected to springs or aqueducts and used to provide water for bathing and washing to the residents of cities, towns and villages. This is the precursor to our modern country clubs.
Let’s go outside and walk the Lechaion Road. We will come across monuments, markets, forums, and a Roman public toilet.
In Roman civilization, public toilets were elevated to raise them above open sewers using flowing water that were linked to drains. The flowing water removed the human waste. Public or private “If ya got to go, ya got to go”.
A floor mosaic from a Roman villa decorated with the head of Dionysus, the greek god of wine framed by ornaments. It comes from a Roman villa and dates back to the late 2nd century.
Tessalleted (having this checkered appearance) mosaic representing a countryside scene which was part of a larger floor from a Roman villa. Possibly from a rich merchant’s home or a politician’s villa.