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The son of Apollo and Coronis, Askelpio's mother was slain at his birth by the arrows of Artemis, but Apollo saved the child, taking him to Mount Pelion, and gave him into the care of the famous physician Cheiron, who brought the child up, instructing him in the arts of medicine and healing, and in the skills of hunting. But Asklepios became so adept in the arts of healing that Hades, fearing that he would lose clients due to the boy's wonders, petitioned Zeus, who, stunned by the audacity of a mere mortal performing such miracles, destroyed Askelpios with a thunderbolt, earning for himself the enmity of Apollo, whom he subsequently banished from Olympus for a time.

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