In this contribution edited by Vlada Stanković, members of the Serbian Academy of Sciences specializing in Byzantine history in relation to the Balkans address the extent to which aspects of death and illness, and body and soul, were handled in everyday Byzantium, specifically in late medieval Serbia.

The book consists of two parts, the first focusing on the meaning of death and the afterlife in the broader context of Byzantine history. In Stanković’s introduction, it becomes clear that the study of aspects of death have not received much attention until recently, although such themes in the Christian Latin Western historiography have already attracted academics. Stanković assumes that, for the late medieval Byzantines, the concept of death and everything related to it were difficult and uncomfortable and mainly private topics, making it difficult to trace in sources. He addresses the specific source problem that medievalists dealing with this theme have to...

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