From Healing Gods to Holy Doctors: Transformation and Continuity of the Space of Ritual Medicine in Late Antiquity
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From Healing Gods to Holy Doctors: Transformation and Continuity of the Space of Ritual Medicine in Late Antiquity
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Mikhail Vedeshkin 
Institute of World History RAS
RANEPA University
Privolzhsky Research Medical University

The article discusses the religious evolution of the space of ritual healing in Late Antiquity. The transformation and continuity of the traditions of religious medicine in the world of Late Antiquity are demonstrated by the example of the transition of several sites associated with rituals of healing gods (Isis of Menouthis, Sarpedon of Seleucia on Calicadnus, Asclepius of Athens) to Christian hands and the spread of cults of holy healers on this territory. The conclusion is made that in regions, associated with healing cults, the practice of ritual healing was often preserved first in the form of dual faith, and subsequently in a new, Christian shell.

Late Antiquity, Late Roman Empire, early Byzantium, paganism, Christianity, cult of saints, religious medicine, bioethics
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