Asclepieia

Asclepieia were festivals celebrated among the ancient Greeks wherever temples existed in honor of AEsculapius (q.v.), god of medicine. The most celebrated of these festivals was that which was held at Epidaurus every five years, and at which a contest took place among poets and musicians, on account of which it received the name of the sacred contention. A similar festival was said to have been held at Athens.

 
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