Abandonment of terminally ill patients in the Byzantine era; a tradition from pre-Christian times

End-of-life decisions remain a complicated problem in the relationships between physicians and the patient’s family, with social and legal consequences which today face all civilised societies. Continue reading “Abandonment of terminally ill patients in the Byzantine era; a tradition from pre-Christian times”

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West-European soldiers in the armies of the Empire of Nicaea

The capture of Constantinople by the armies of the Fourth Crusade in 1204 accelerated the disintegration of the Byzantine Empire, and was followed by a period of intense political fragmentation and military conflicts between the small political entities that were established on the territories that had belonged to the Byzantine Empire. Continue reading “West-European soldiers in the armies of the Empire of Nicaea”

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