Byzantine Stories Episode 5 – Roman Healthcare. Part 3 – Byzantine Compromise

Italian copies of Alexander of Tralles' treatises (

Italian copies of Alexander of Tralles’ treatises (

In Part 3 we move forward to Byzantium to explore two examples of Byzantine healthcare in action.

Saint Artemios (

Saint Artemios (

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7 thoughts on “Byzantine Stories Episode 5 – Roman Healthcare. Part 3 – Byzantine Compromise

  1. Russed

    Great few episodes these. I’m not exactly proud of it, but I couldn’t help but burst out laughing at the idea of a deacon dryhumping the tomb of a saint.

    • Thanks so much for the feedback. And I’m glad you found that funny. There was a miracle story I wasn’t able to include where a guy fell down the stairs to the tomb and cried out “Oh wretched me. I’ve been fractured all over.” That cracked me up, even though its obviously just a trick of the translation 🙂

  2. Matt

    Are you ever going to put the podcast on Google Music? I use it for all my other podcasts just for ease of use.

    Either way thanks for all the great content!

  3. JO

    This might be a bit late for the current batch of end of the century episodes, but I don’t mind when it gets answered.

    Has there been any development of dialects of Greek during the Byzantine period like there was in the West? Have years of rule by Arabs or Slavs or Bulgars altered the Greek of the Romans who lived there?

  4. David Thompson

    I found an article about the Byzantine city of Bathonea. Apparently they found about 700 vials of heart medication and anti-depressants at a site about 20 miles from Constantinople that was destroyed by the Avars between 620 and 640.

    From the article:
    The analysis of residue found in unguentaria has reportedly been conducted by the state-run Scientific and Technological Research Council (TÜBİTAK) in Gebze district.

    TÜBİTAK findings suggested that the residue contained Methanone and Phenanthrene, which are substances used for depression and have a soothing impact.

    found at this website:

    Really interesting, and shows a better knowledge of pharmacology than everyone thought.

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