THE SACRED SNAKE
According to legend in 293 BC, whilst Rome was struck by a terrible plague, a commission of experts went to Epidaurus in Greece to ask Aesculapius (the god of medicine) for help. Suddenly a large serpent, the symbol of the god, came out of the temple, headed for the Roman’s ship and climbed aboard. Once in proximity of Tiber Island, the snake jumped off the ship onto the island. This was interpreted as a sign and a fine temple to Aesculapius was immediately built there.