We do not have Elves on the shelves in the High Library but we happen to have the likenesses of three very prominent historical figures displayed on our main level. So in honor of finals week, the time of year when we cram as many facts into our heads as we do turkey into our tummies at Thanksgiving – we bring you the following bits of fun facts.
Our #2 bust is none other than the Greek God Aesculapius . The God of medicine whose symbol is the snake-entwined staff.
He was one of the son’s of Apollo and in his honor, a particular type of non-venomous snake was often used in healing rituals, and these snakes — the Aesculapian Snakes — slithered around freely on the floor in dormitories where the sick and injured slept. Thankfully there are no snakes slithering around our dormitories now! Our thanks to the our own Etown Alum, Charles Apgar, who gifted the busts to the High Library. Any guess who the other 2 gents are?