Model of the Asklepeion at Epidauras, Greece, 1936.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Detail. This model of the Asklepeion at Epidauras, Greece, was manufactured in London at 1/66th scale and shows the temple and stadium. The main temple was originally built in c 250 BC as a shrine to Asclepius, Greek god of medicine and healing. Patients came to the shrine and slept overnight on couches. The next morning they would tell their dreams to temple priests, who would interpret an illnes from the dream and prescribe the appropriate treatment. On leaving the shrine patients made a votive offering, dedicating to the god a replica of the part of the body that had been affected. Games were held in the stadium in honour of the gods.