• Nothing like the Epidaurian building program had been attempted since Pericles’s fifth-century AthensRead more
  • Asclepius was the most renowned healing deity of Greek antiquityRead more
  • Epidaurus was renowned as a centre for healthcare Read more


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Article Update

All pages have been updated
with new views of the Sanctuary.

Above: the interior of the Thymele.


The Thymele website - now
updated - March 2019.

New 3D renders of the sanctuary
are now featured in our front
page slideshow and on the
sanctuary page: LINK HERE.
Webmaster March 2017

The Thymele at Epidauros:
Healing, Space, and Muscial
Performance in Late Classical
Greece. Paperback

Thymele Cover front

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: 
the Thymele. 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.