Hygiea by Gustav Klimt, 1901

Hygiea is the daughter of Asclepius, the god of medicine. She oversees the prevention of sickness and the continuation of good health. Her name is the source of the word “hygiene”. The Romans called her Valetudo, the goddess of personal health, but in time she was identified with the ancient Italian goddess of social welfare, Salus.

Her sisters are:

– Panacea, goddess of Universal remedy

– Iaso, goddess of recuperation from illness

– Aceso, the goddess of the healing process

– Aglæa/Ægle, goddess of splendor and adornment

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