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tv   Treasures of the World - Epidaurus Greece  Deutsche Welle  August 26, 2018 4:15am-4:30am CEST

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she bore her child at lovely where epidaurus is now and she abandoned. a herd of goats gave the infant food herdsman's dog protected it and kept it warm. and when the goat head went looking for his goats he found the child surrounded with bright light the infant was. got of heat but although he was a god he was destined to done. zeus struck him down with a thunderbolt because he raised the dead escapee as lives on in the sacred simple. there was a cultic site here in very early times. first a hero named money utters was worshiped here. then apollo and when the cult of asklepios spread in greece in the fifth century b.c.
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the son came to be worshiped alongside his father apollo and finally supplanted him apollo had been the god of all the arts including the art of healing asklepios was the god of therapeutic healing alone in the fourth century b.c. the sanctuary became a pilgrim site and healing center the lord of the ancient world nowadays tourists the pilgrims of our times come here less for the remains of that sanctuary than to see the best preserved of ancient greek theatres one of the principal tourist sites in greece and who can blame them to see in a field of stones the center of a great sanctuary requires a powerful imagination. the temple of escapee is with its votive shines the abbotts on the whole set apart for therapeutic sleep and the thoughts and it magic secular
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build. time has cost down most of the stands at the door as was devastated by earthquakes in five twenty two and five fifty one eighty. six. the museum conveys an impression of the sanctuaries ancient splendor the little that survives is exhibited that. the pilgrims of old came from the north.
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here in the proper lawn they entered the sacred area which was subject to its own long hours in front of the sanctuary was an ancient wellspring. a water conduit and the basin where the pilgrims were expected to wash. an inscription on one stone reads you must be cleansed pure if you are to enter the incense fragrant house of the god. the pilgrims. then led by the priests of a scrappy as they proceeded down the sacred street to the central square where the temple of asklepios stood and the avatar and fungus.
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a melancholy procession it must have been as they hobbled limped and coughed their way into the sanctions men and women young and old most of them hopeful some of them skeptical and some of them veterans of other escapee a shrine is where the god had failed to cure their ills people who are now trying again in this famous place. some were supported by companions others went in on crutches or strict. all of them had brought animals to be sacrificed to the god the wealthy brought oxen the poor brought a lamb or a down. in front of the temple of the skep ias they have to wash. once again and then one after another they were admitted to the priest who presided over the sacrifices they presented their animals which he slaughtered at the open air altar outside the temple the sacred right was performed by priests on an altar in the
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center of the square and. the pilgrims had now been received into the sanctuary they prayed in the temple and lay down to sleep in the laboratory. this is all that remains of the temple of asklepios foundations walls the bases of votive shrines. fuzzyness a greek writer of the second century a.d. left a description of the temple building was begun in four twenty b.c. it was in the dark style and stood three steps above ground level
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a little of the pediment freeness has survived the freeze may have looked like this a battle scene. and. atop the temple stood a statue of nike the victory goddess thanks to computer animation we can now enter a reconstruction of the temple.
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the wooden doll was adorned with ivory and go. as was the statue of asklepios sculpted by stress n.e.t.'s of paris showing the god with the sacred sentiment and the gilt heads don't. feel. i had. letters go on from the temple to the funnels. beneath this wonderful second. building there were three interlinked rings of wall spy collaborative. no one can say what purpose the building sent. some to rein in dwelling of the sacred sentence perhaps. did the priests of the
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scrappiness descend with the sick into the labyrinth to the underworld and leave the net to discover the secret of recovery themselves. we shall never know if. we continue from the farmhouse to the avatar if the function of the thousand and some to raney and complex remains unclear the abba ton and the cult of therapeutic sleep are profoundly mysterious. the pilgrims who reportedly see the goddess crappiest on their first night and he would explain the fair appeared to. us did they in fact see masked priests visiting the
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patients by night. and what part did the sacred serpents play. did they really suck the sickness out of the patient's bodies. the cure certainly seems to have worked. this man is offering an enormous leg to the day at sea in gratitude for being healed. they have a ton a tepid doris is now being reconstructed the original stones that have survived being incorporated. a stadium was an essential feature of greek sanker places every four years
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competitive games were held here in the name of the day it as a dylan piano or delfi. and then of course there's the famous the it built in the third and second centuries b.c. it originally had a capacity of six thousand two hundred later it was extended to accommodate twelve thousand three hundred. the theatre didn't merely set to entertain patience for the greeks theatre played an important part in the healing process the tales of guilt and atonement held by tragedy were intended to touch and purify the human spirit by making the audience identify with both the guilt and the expiation with the entire cathartic course effect. doctors distinguished for levels of therapy first tragedy followed by proper
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nutrition then medicinal plants and finally the surgeon's knife. today the theater of epidaurus with its magnificent acoustics is once again being used for performances. full volume. full power. and long sound long self i am.
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