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Iaso ("/ˈ.əs/; "Greek: Ἰασώ, Iasō) or Ieso ("/ˈs/; "Greek: Ἰησώ, Iēsō) was the "Greek goddess of recuperation from illness. The daughter of "Asclepius, she had five sisters: "Aceso, "Aglæa/Ægle, "Hygieia, "Panacea, and "Meditrina ("Roman). All six were associated with some aspect of health or healing. For more information on the "genealogy of Iaso, see "Panacea.

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Detail of Iaso, the goddess of healing, from a scene depicting a group of goddesses. Iaso gazes at herself in a mirror, presumably as a sign of good health.

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"Pausanias (author of Periegesis of Greece) wrote this of "Amphiaraus in "Oropos, "Attica, in the 2nd century A.D.:

"The altar shows parts. One part is to "Heracles, "Zeus, and "Apollo Healer, another is given up to heroes and to wives of heroes, the third is to "Hestia and "Hermes and Amphiaraus and the children of "Amphilochus. But "Alcmaeon, because of his treatment of "Eriphyle, is honored neither in the temple of Amphiaraus nor yet with Amphilochus. The fourth portion of the altar is to "Aphrodite and Panacea, and further to Iaso, Hygeia, and "Athena Healer. The fifth is dedicated to the "nymphs and to "Pan, and to the rivers "Achelous and "Cephisus."

"Aristophanes mentions Iaso humorously in "Ploutos, when one of the characters, Cario, reports that Iaso blushed upon his passing gas.

In the temple of Amphiaraus at Oropus a part of the altar was dedicated to her, in common with Aphrodite, Panaceia, Hygieia, and Athena Paeonia. Iaso had lots of children.

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