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date: 29 February 2020

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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

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