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‘And he held the priesthood of Halon, who was a hero with Asclepius in the presence of Chiron… ] having been set up by his son, Iophon, after (his) death’.

As the hero Halon is otherwise unknown, and as there is divergence among the manuscripts between Άλωνος and Άλωνος, there have been various emendations of the text here.

Phormio is the subject of another story of miraculous visitation preserved in the text of all Plutarch produce seventy attestations.

Of these only four, besides the one in this passage, were certain instances of its use to signify manifestations of divinities, but in all of these cases the manifestation is clearly of a supernatural kind.

Meineke's Άλκωνος was widely accepted until recent times.

Habicht thought the snake was greeting Asclepius and Hygieia, but it might equally have been greeting worshippers.: ‘Wie mich H.Since the late nineteenth century it has been almost universally accepted that Sophocles gave lodging to the cultic snake or statue of Asclepius when it was brought to Athens in 420 BC, that he raised an altar or altars for the god, and that in recognition for these services as the so-called ‘Receiver’ of Asclepius he was heroised after his death under the name Dexion.This story derives chiefly from a Byzantine dictionary article, the earliest known form of which dates from the second half of the ninth century.These four are: Certainly this would be the only case of theoxeny involving Asclepius, compared with a whole tradition of theoxeny associated with the Dioscuri, but the sources point towards such an interpretation.The epiphanies for curative purposes so characteristic of Asclepius, some of them involving the confutation of disbelief, might have made a story of Asclepian visitation more credible, if this were necessary.

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