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TELESPHOROS
 
Greek Name Transliteration Latin Spelling Translation
Τελεσφορος Telesphoros Telesphorus Accomplisher
Ακεσις Akesis Acesis Healing, Cure
Ευαμεριων Euameriôn Euaemerion Prosperous

TELESPHOROS was the demi-god of convalescence, who "brought to fulfillment" recuperation from illness or injury He was depicted on ancient coins and reliefs as a boy wearing a wide cloak and low hood or Phrygian cap. Sometimes he held a scroll or tablet in his hands.

Telesphoros had his own temple, the Telesphorion, in the precinct of Asklepios at Pergamon in Anatolia. He was also recognised as one of the healing gods at the Asklepian sanctuary of Epidauros. His female counterpart was the goddess Akeso.

PARENTS
Presumably a son of ASKLEPIOS, though nowhere stated

ENCYCLOPEDIA

TELE′SPHORUS (Telesphoros), that is, "the completing," is the name of a medical divinity who is mentioned now and then in connection with Asclepius. Pausanias (ii. 11. § 7) says : "In the sanctuary of Asclepius at Titane sacrifices are offered to Euamerion, to whom a statue is there erected; and, if I am not mistaken, this Euamerion is called at Pergamus Telesphorus, and at Epidaurus Acesis."

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology


Pausanias, Description of Greece 2. 11. 4 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"Alexanor, the son of Makhaon (Machaon), the son of Asklepios (Asclepius), came to Sikyonia and built the sanctuary of Asklepios at Titane . . . There are images [within the shrine] also of Alexanor and of Euamerion; to the former they give offerings as to a hero after the setting of the sun; to Euamerion, as being a god, they give burnt sacrifices. If I conjecture aright, the Pergamenes, in accordance with an oracle, call this Euamerion Telesphoros (Accomplisher) while the Epidaurians call him Akesis (Cure)."


Sources:

  • Pausanias, Description of Greece - Greek Travelogue C2nd A.D.

Other references not currently quoted here: Inscriptiones Graecae 22.4533.27 ; Corpus Scriptionum Graecum 6753