Hygeia | Greco-Roman marble statue C1st A.D. |
State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg
Hygeia, Greco-Roman marble statue C1st A.D., State
HYGEIA was the goddess of good health. She was a
daughter and attendant of the medicine-god
Asklepios (Asclepius), and a companion of the
goddess Aphrodite. Her sisters included Panakeia
(Panacea) (Cure-All) and Iaso (Remedy).
Hygeia's opposite number were the Nosoi (Spirits of
Disease). Her Roman name was Salus.
In classical sculpture she was represented as a
woman holding a large serpent in her arms.