DOI: 10.17265/2159-5836/2016.02.006
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Vicente Dobroruka

Abstract: This article deals with the presenting of diplomatic gifts around the 7th Century from the Roman Empire in the East (i.e. the Byzantine Empire), and among these a kind of medication supposedly capable of curing all sorts of illnesses, theriac. The links between these uses and Taoist expectations regarding everlasting life are discussed herein in the context of that diplomatic mission. It explores the different understandings of what theriac meant in the Byzantine and in the Tang courts. This sheds light on the…

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