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by Archaeology Newsroom

The Hellenic Mythology and the Ideological Characteristics of the Concept of the Healing Environment

The ideological characteristics of a concept can be understood through the study of the phenomena expressing this concept and, mainly, through the search for the fundamental substance and the provenance of the archaeological and mythological origins, lying under the manifold phenomena of the sensible world. Thus, these characteristics of the basic concept of the Healing Environment in our civilization should be searched in the Hellenic culture: in the Hellenic mythology and especially in the Asclepios’ myth, the healing god of the ancient Hellenic pantheon. According to that myth, the ideological characteristics of the concept of the Healing Environment coincide with the typical features of the healing powers of nature, being equally divine.