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The Holy Disease: Evidence for Leprosy and the Origins of the Hospital in Byzantine Thebes

September 27, 2018

University of Virginia, Room TBA
Charlottesville, VA 22903 United States

AIA Society: Charlottesville

Lecturer: Maria Liston

Excavations in the Sanctuary of Ismenion Apollo in Thebes also revealed a later cemetery of Early and Middle Byzantine burials. Analysis of these burials has generated new information about burials and society in the transition from late Antique to Christian Greece. Analysis of the skeletons showed that a remarkably high percentage of individuals suffered from significant, pathologies, including cancers, brucellosis, extensive trauma, and particularly leprosy (Hansen’s disease). The very high percentage of individuals with leprosy indicates they were associated with a nearby leprosarium or hospital. Hospitals serving the community as a whole were an early innovation of the Byzantine church in Greece, and this project provides a vivid glimpse of the patients whose lives ended there.

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September 27, 2018
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John J. Dobbins


University of Virginia, Room TBA
Charlottesville, VA 22903 United States
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