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by Micha F. Lindemans
A Greek god of healing and regarded as the physician to the other gods. He is often identified with other gods (among which Apollo, Asclepius, Dionysus, Zeus) in their roles as healers and protectors against illness and misfortune. Paean emerged as an independent deity in later Greek literature. A paean is also a hymn in honor of Apollo, in which he, as healer, is glorified and praised.

Paean is also the name of a hymn dedicated to Apollo or other ill-averting gods. Such hymns were written, for instance, by the Greek poet Pindaros (518-438 BCE).

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