Red figure crayer dating from 460bc
For other parallels of usages found in ) records the dedication to Asclepius Soter and Hygieia of τόν δεξιούμενον δράκοντα (which presumably was a representation of a snake).
Habicht thought the snake was greeting Asclepius and Hygieia, but it might equally have been greeting worshippers.: ‘Wie mich H.
Weinreich (n.23) 40 n.1, cites a sentence from Artemidorus 5.92 as evidence for ancient play on the etymological connection: άρθείσης γάρ τῆς δεξιᾶς ἔτοιμος ήν παραδέξασθαι αύτόν ό Kέρβερος (‘For with his right hand raised Cerberus was ready to receive him’).
For the etymological link between δέχομαι and δεξιός/δεξιά (both deriving from an Indo-European root .3195 (late I AD) an official at the Asclepieum in Athens recorded in a dedication that he paid for τήν ύποδοχήν καί μύησιν; Clinton assumes that this refers to an annual Reception and Eleusinian pre-initiation of Asclepius.
The numerous attempts to fill the lacuna, first postulated by Bergk, are given by Radt.
Many have suspected that the subject of ἰδρυνθεἰς was a statue or painting of Sophocles.
For the god Pan at least appeared between Cithaeron and Helicon singing a paean by Pindar.…
4 T174 lines 12-15): ‘And here is Asclepius at hand, I think, bidding you write a paean, no doubt, and not thinking it unworthy to hear himself called by you “famous for skill”, and his glance at you, mixed with joyfulness, hints at hospitable relations only a little later.’ The wording could imply two events, one when Asclepius is present to bid the poet write the poem and the other involving the έπιξενωσεις, but the separation could result from the non-narrative pictorial inspiration for the passage.
The which, although it is attributed to Lucian, ought probably to be dated to the first half of the fourth century AD, also seems to refer in a corrupt passage in chapter 27 to Sophocles’ paean as if it were well known.
Dexion: So Sophocles was named by the Athenians after his death.
They say that the Athenians, wanting to secure honours for Sophocles when he had died, provided a heroum for him and named him Dexion because of his reception of Asclepius.
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Phormio is the subject of another story of miraculous visitation preserved in the text of all Plutarch produce seventy attestations.