AESCULAPIUS AND DAUGHTERS - TEMPTED BY MERCURY AND A MERCHANT
"Engraving from an Ancient Relief - Aesculapius " (see related A | B), 1811 A. L. Millin (c, Late 1700\'s) Pio Clemens Vatican Meseum, Vatican, Italy
Esculapius (Medicine) between Mercury (Merchants) and the three Graces, his daughters Medicine, Hygiene, and Panacea. Esculapius dealt with Patients - Merchants make deals with Clients. Esculapius is linked with a Constellation of Idealistic Medical Ideas. Mercury or Hermes is linked with Hermaphroditism and Mercantile Mercenary views. Perhaps, the single serpent on the Esculapian Caduceus represents one word or truth. Perhaps, the two serpents on the Caduceus of Hermes represent the duality in "deals" or "caviat emptor". Engraved before 1811 from an original in the Museum Pio Clemens in Rome (in Galerie Mytholgique, Recueil de Monuments par A. L. Millin, Paris 1811).