Three Xenon Texts

David Bennett


The few Byzantine medical text whose titles or contents associate them with the xenon repay close study for what they reveal about that institutions as well as about the transmission of medical knowledge in the late Byzantine period. This paper examines common passages in three xenon texts, codd.Vat. gr.292 and 299 and Laur 75.19. It argues from the evidence of these and other texts that the xenon and its medical staff contributed not only to the preservation and transmission of the medical corpus, but also to that of the craft medical texts of the late Byzantine period.

Key words: texts - Hospitals - Transmission 

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