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The Therapeutics of John the Physician is a working manual designed to serve the basic needs of a practitioner away from the cultural centres of the Byzantine world. The textual history of the Therapeutics is complex. At times it was passed on in more or less exact handwritten copies. The most dramatic change was the adaptation from learned Byzantine Greek into the vernacular. The aim of this redaction was not only to translate the text into the local idiom; the reviser also added a significant amount of material, so that the text was extended by about one quarter of its original length. A castle mentioned in ω was built in early thirteenth century.

Keywords: Byzantine Greek; Therapeutics

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