Healing heroes in a sanctuary in Messenian Pharae. They are regarded as the sons of Machaon and Anticlea, the daughter of king Diocles (Paus. 4,30,3). Their sanctuary was donated by Isthmius, son of the Glaucus who initiated the cultic worship of Machaon (Paus. 4,3,10). Through these myths, an independent healing cult is obviously incorporated into the cult of Asclepius so central to Messenia.
Gorgasus and Nicomachus(73 words)
Cite this pageGraf, Fritz (Columbus, OH), “Gorgasus and Nicomachus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 16 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e426310>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510
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