American Univesity of Beirut

Women's History Month (The Goddess Hygieia)



​​Let's celebrate Women's History Month with the ancient goddess of health ​Hygieia.

At the AUB Museum, an amethyst intaglio (1.05x1.3x0.6 cm), dating back to the Roman period reveals the goddess of health Hygieia (Inv.#57.47), facing left, wearing a long chiton and holding in her right hand a scepter around which a serpent is entwined (Symbol of Medicine. Asclepius, the first doctor-demigod in Greek mythology was said to have been such a skilled doctor that he could even raise people from the dead). She is the Goddess of healing and consistent good health.

Since antiquity, health and the prevention of disease were important as they are today.
Stay safe!​



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