From common mortal to god: the cult of Asclepius

The evolution of the figure of Asclepius, god of medicine, in Greek literature is very particular: Homer mentioned him in the 8th century BC for his widespread knowledge in the medical field, but he was still mortal;
Pindar, three centuries later, called him the demigod son of Apollo and a mortal woman.
Since the end of the 5th century BC, the character has been remembered by many sources as a true deity, venerated in sanctuaries frequented by thousands of worshippers.