28/30 Days of deity devotion

Day Twenty-eight: Something you wish you knew about this deity but don’t currently

I’d really like to know more about Telesphorus, the son of Asclepius, god of recuperation. He was also called Euamerion and Akesis. He’s always depicted with diminutive stature, which makes some scholars believe he’s meant to be a child or a dwarf. Because similar hooded deities, known collectively as genio cucullato, are known from statues and inscriptions found in Gaul and Roman Britain, it’s speculated that he may have originally been a Celtic deity introduced to Greece by the Galatians.

Image: Telesphorus Greek, 4th century B.C.E. Photo via chiswickauctions.co.uk

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