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The study of Byzantine skeletons, with Chryssa Bourbou

A conversation with Chryssa Bourbou on what we learn from health and society in Byzantium from the study of skeletal remains. What infectious conditions or effects of accidents can we detect? What can we learn about the lives of children (apart, grimly, from the fact that they were all too often short)? How are human remains handled?

Chryssa Bourbou is a bioarchaeologist for the Hellenic Ministry of Culture in Greece, and is the author of many publications, including Health and Disease in Byzantine Crete (7th-12th Centuries AD). You can follow her on


Byzantium & Friends is hosted by Anthony Kaldellis, Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics at The Ohio State University. You can follow him on his personal website.

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Top Image: Detail from Extracting the stone of madness by Hieronymus Bosch