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Lately, I have been working through the Athenaze textbook with a student. This course uses reading passages, right from lesson 1, to teach the language, and the student follows the story of farmer Dikaiopolis and his family. The story takes an anxious turn during a family trip to the city and Dikaiopolis finds himself on a journey to Epidaurus with his son to seek healing for an injury. These reading passages not only provide essential practice in actually reading Greek but also give an insight into ancient Athenian culture and practices.
Below, I have written about the sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus, where Dikaiopolis was taking his son for healing.
Above, is a picture of the famous theatre at Epidaurus.
As anyone who has used the Athenaze textbooks will know, we follow the adventures of Dikaiopolis and his family as they work on the farm. Who can forget the encounter with the wolf, the trip to the city for the Dionysia, and (spoiler alert) the catastrophe which befalls poor Philip. Without giving too much away, Dikaiopolis and Philip travel to Epidaurus, seeking healing for the boy.
Why Epidaurus? You might be familiar with the great theatre at Epidaurus in the Peloponnese but the archaeological site consists of not just the theatre, but a stadium and a sanctuary to Asclepius.
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