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28 June 2007
5/2007
Joint Issue

Joint Issue Hellas-Spain `Asclepios`

Greece
Asclepios, the demigod of medicine, is one of the most interesting figures of ancient Greek mythology.

He was thought to have divine origins, as an offspring of one of Apollo's numerous affairs, while he was taught medicine by the centaur Chiron. Asclepios laid the foundations of medicine, which were later established by Hippocrates.

He was widely worshipped throughout the ancient world, as is indicated by the sanctuaries and places of healing built in his honour, called "asclepieion". Our serach for the cult of Asclepios leads us to Spain and specifically to the town square of Neapoli, where one can still see the ruins of his sanctuary and a copy of a statute of Asclepios. the town was originally founded by Rhodians in around 550 AD, under the name Emborio.

Source: Hellenic Post

Asclepios - Joint issue Hellaas Spain  

Asclepios - Joint issue Hellaas Spain

Technical Information

Dimensions: 7,60cm x 12cm, consisting of 2 stamps measuring 45mm x 35mm.
Design-Adaptation: Myrsini Vardopoulou
Printing Method: Multicoloured (Offset)
Printers: Giesecke & Devrient Matsoukis S.A.
Circulation: 1 year or until sold out
Quantities:
€5,00: 105.000 (numbered)
FDCs:
€6.60: 30.000
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