Making and Consuming Drugs in the Italian and Byzantine Worlds (12th-15th c.)

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  • Dr Petros Bouras-VallianatosUniversity of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Project summary

Although there were numerous connections between the medieval Italian and Byzantine worlds, there has been no significant study examining the cultural interaction between the two regions in the field of medical knowledge and practice.

I will examine the making, selling and administration of drugs in these two regions in the 12th-15th centuries, using a variety of literary and archaeological sources. I will also make the only group of Byzantine, medieval Greek, recipe books connected with hospitals in Constantinople (modern Istanbul) available for the first time, through an edition and English translation. My research is divided into two main areas: apothecaries and their interaction with patients and physicians; and transfer and exchange of pharmacological knowledge. 


Author: Dr. Bernard Mulholland

Dr. Bernard Mulholland is a Byzantinist, archaeologist, historian and Patristics scholar with a Ph.D. in history (QUB, 2012). Bernard's publications include: Fiction: Bernard Mulholland, Nazareth Quest (2022). Non-fiction: Bernard Mulholland, The man from MENSA - 1 of 600: Mensa research (2016). ---, The man from MENSA - 1 of the 600: Politics 1990-1995 (2016). ---, Ratio analysis of financial KPI in the Higher Education sector: a case study (2018). ---, Early Byzantine Ireland: a survey of the archaeological evidence (2021). ---, Navan Fort, Ireland: archaeological and palaeoecological analysis (2021). ---, The Early Byzantine Christian Church (Oxford, 2014). ---, 'Identification of Early Byzantine Constantinopolitan, Syrian, and Roman church plans in the Levant and some possible consequences', Patristic Studies in the twenty-first century: proceedings of an international conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the International Association of Patristic Studies, ed. Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony, Theodore de Bruyn and Carol Harrison (Turnhout, 2015), 597-633. Mulholland, B. (2021). 'Can archaeology inform the climate change debate?' Academia Letters, Article4385.

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