Oriental Elements in Byzantine Medicine

Evangelia A. Varella

Abstract


Late Byzantine .medicine contains numerous oriental elements which were assimilated in two ways: first via translations of important treatises written by eminent physicians, but above all in the form of new medical remedies proposed mainly by Symeon Seth, Nicolaus Myrepsos, Constantinus Meliteniotes, Isaac Taxiotes. As Byzantine - Eastern Roman medicine had solid foundations and enjoyed a development of its own, these influences were rather .fragmentary and attributable to the ecumenical disposition of the Empire.

Key words Late Byzantine medicine - Oriental elements - Translations - Pharmacology 


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