In Greek mythology, Aesculapius (also spelled Asclepius) was the god of medicine and healing. He was the son of Apollo and a mortal woman named Coronis. As a child, he was instructed in the art of healing by the wise centaur Chiron.
Aesculapius is often depicted in art as a man with a long beard, carrying a staff with a serpent wrapped around it, which has become the symbol of medicine. This symbol, known as the caduceus, is used as a logo by many medical organizations around the world.
In ancient Greece, Aesculapius was worshiped as a god, and his healing temples were visited by people seeking cures for their illnesses. The temples were staffed by priests, who were also trained in medicine, and patients were treated with a combination of medical treatments and religious rituals.
Today, the name Aesculapius is still used in medicine and healthcare, as a symbol of healing and medical knowledge.