Poverty, Charity, and the Invention of the Hospital

Peregrine Horden

in The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780195336931
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Poverty, Charity, and the Invention of the Hospital

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This article traces the history of hospitals in Late Antiquity. The hospital spreads first around the Mediterranean from its Byzantine "homeland" in Asia Minor: westwards to North Africa and Italy, and from Italy to Spain and parts of the Merovingian kingdoms. It also spreads eastwards into the "land of Islam" and, with Islam, across Asia. These hospitals are the distant but direct forebears of the modern biomedical hospital, the hospice, the night shelter, and other related institutions.

Keywords: hospitals; Christians; Christianity; Basil; history; Late Antiquity

Article.  14025 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Historical Archaeology

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