Asclepius Caduceus and Snake

An Asclepius' caduceus - the rod with a snake coiled around it - can still be seen engraved in one of the marble walls surrounding the Tiber Island in Rome. The worship of the snake "was introduced into Rome at the time of the Great Plague at the beginning of the third century B.C. (as told by Livy in Book XI), and the temple on the island of Tiber became a famous resort"1.

  • Photos by Luca Borghi ti.supmacinu|ihgrob.l#| (September 2009)

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