The British Museum
The Acropolis Museum
Dr Alexandra Lesk
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The Temple of Athena Nike on
the Acropolis is the subject
of a major reconstruction
and historical perspective
from antiquity to the
The Erechtheion - famous the
world over for its asymmetrical
layout and porch of the maidens.
Archaeologist Dr Alex Lesk takes
a new look at this enigmatic
temple to Athena polias.
The Sanctuary at Epidaurus
The architecture of the Thymele
is a beautifully proportionate
Classic Greek temple.
Epidaurus was an ancient town
on the Greek mainland, in the
The sanctuary of the healing
In the fifth century BC the cult
of Asclepius began to blossom.
There is a lot of mystery
surrounding that transitional
Welcome to the Thymele of Epidaurus - The Harmonics of Healing,
part of a series of affiliated websites about the world of ancient
Greek culture, architecture and archaeology.
The Harmonics of Healing is designed to give our audience
accurate and detailed information about the famous healing god
Asclepius and his sanctuary at Epidaurus in southern Greece.
Epidaurus is a large archaeological site located in the northeastern
Peloponnese, not far from Corinth, and is famous for its sanctuary
in honor of the healing god Asclepius.
Epidaurus was one of the most celebrated healing centers of the ancient Greek world. Huge numbers of individuals flocked here in search of cures when other healers and treatments had failed.
Those who visited the sanctuary for healing would sleep within the temenos in the hope of meeting the god in a dream in which Asclepius would appear to them and perform a medical procedure or suggest a course of treatment to regain their health.
Due to the popularity of this thriving sanctuary, in the 4th
and 3rd centuries BC the citizens of Epidaurus began an ambitious program of architectural expansion, erecting or enlarging and renovating many buildings and monuments.
Epidaurus would remain active into the 5th century AD when the
growing popularity of another divine healer, Jesus, eclipsed that of
Asclepius and other pagan gods. Still to this day, however, Epidaurus
is a remarkable place whose remains have preserved amazing tales of
miraculous healing and a very special building that is just now being
restudied in order to better understand its purpose and function:
This circular building—sumptuous in detail and unique in
design—has provoked discussion and debate in academic
circles for centuries.
Epidaurus is a place of mystery, of superb architecture unlike anything else in ancient Greece, a locus of miracles and medicine.