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Marble column in the cella or inner chamber of the Temple of Asclepius, 2nd century AD, at the Asclepium or Sanctuary of Asclepius, 3km from the acropolis of Pergamon, modern-day Bergama, Izmir, Turkey. This broken column is carved with serpents coiled around olive branches, a symbol of the cult of the god Asclepius. The Asclepium is named after the god of healing and housed a sacred spring where people could bathe and cure their illnesses. Galen, the most famous doctor in the Roman Empire...
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