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In "Greek mythology, Paean ("Greek: Παιάν), Paeëon or Paieon ("Greek: Παιήων), or Paeon or Paion ("Greek: Παιών) was the "physician of the gods.
The name Paean is believed to be first attested in "Mycenaean Greek as an alternative name of "Apollo; the attested form of the name, written in "Linear B, is 𐀞𐀊𐀍𐀚, pa-ja-wo-ne.
Homer and Hesiod
A god of healing named Παιήων is mentioned twice in the "Iliad. In book 5, the "Olympian god of war "Ares is wounded by mortal hero "Diomedes, who is assisted by "Athena. Ares is taken up to Olympus in a hurry, where Paeon applies medicine ("Ancient Greek: φάρμακα) that produces an instant relief. "Hades too had a similar medical treatment by Paeon when he was shot with an arrow by "Heracles. In the "Odyssey, Homer says of "Egypt, "[T]here the earth, the giver of grain, bears greatest store of drugs, many that are healing when mixed, and many that are baneful; there every man is a physician, wise above human kind; for they are of the race of Paeeon."
"Hesiod identifies Paeon as an individual deity: "Unless Phoebus Apollo should save him from death, or Paean himself who knows the remedies for all things."
In time, Paeon (more usually spelled Paean) became an epithet of "Apollo, in his capacity as a god capable of bringing disease and therefore propitiated as a god of healing. Later, Paeon becomes an "epithet of "Asclepius, the healer-god.
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