Then, I said, we must put a question to Homer; not about medicine, or any of the arts to which his poems only incidentally refer: we are not going to ask him, or any other poet, whether he has cured patients like Asclepius, or left behind him a school of medicine such as the Asclepiads
were, or whether he only talks about medicine and other arts at second hand; but we have a right to know respecting military tactics, politics, education, which are the chiefest and noblest subjects of his poems, and we may fairly ask him about them.
Nevertheless, it seems that he "swept this fact under the carpet," for he then made the statements that the "development of staminal and annular coronas is autapomorphic in Asclepiadaceae" and that "the asclepiad
staminal corona is a structure sui generis that cannot be homologised with coronas in Periplocaceae and Apocynaceae" (Kunze, 1990: 7,35).
In Ancient Greece, healing took place in the Asclepiad
, which was a religious site.
After 336 lines in the alcaic metre in the Roman Odes, the use of the fourth asclepiad
in quid fles Asterie .
Species numbers and progress in asclepiad
Preeminent among Ancient Greek medical philosophers were members of the Asclepiad
community on the island of Cos, the most noteworthy of whom was Hippocrates (460-370 B.
Although the choriamb is an "isolable element" in these cola, (31) it is not repeated in Euripides as it is in Robinson's verse or in longer Greek lines like lesser and greater asclepiads
(the latter is close enough to Robinson's meter that it would seem to be her model).