Byzantine Incubation Literature between Religion and Medicine: Food as Medicament in the Collection of Healing Miracles Performed by Saints Cosmas and Damian (BHG 373B)

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  • Giulia Gollo University of Cologne, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Albertus-Magnus-Platz, D-50923 Köln, Germany; KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts, Greek Studies, Blijde-Inkomststraat 21, 3000 Leuven, Belgium image/svg+xml https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6572-2157

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18778/2084-140X.12.15

Keywords:

Byzantine incubation literature, Miracles of Cosmas and Damian, material culture, food as medicament, Byzantine history of food

Abstract

Byzantine incubation literature is the term used in research to denote early Byzantine collections of healing miracles (5th–7th century) in which the saint’s miraculous intervention is related to the incubation experience. Despite the centrality of the concepts of disease and healing in such literature, the relationship between medicine and Christian religion needs to be further explored. Based on the Egyptian collection of Miracles of Cosmas and Damian contained in manuscript Lond. Add. 37534 (BHG 373b) as a case study, this paper intends to: (1) present those miraculous accounts where food is treated as medicament, starting from a close reading of the relevant passages; (2) looking at the (Byzantine) medical knowledge integrated in these narratives.

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2022-11-21

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Gollo, G. (2022). Byzantine Incubation Literature between Religion and Medicine: Food as Medicament in the Collection of Healing Miracles Performed by Saints Cosmas and Damian (BHG 373B). Studia Ceranea. Journal of the Waldemar Ceran Research Centre for the History and Culture of the Mediterranean Area and South-East Europe, 12, 75–93. https://doi.org/10.18778/2084-140X.12.15

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