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- noun Plural form of
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A new institution of chrity appears in the xenodochia, hospitals, which originated during the reign of
Hospices and shelters were found everywhere; there were also xenodochia, or hostelries for strangers; gerontocomia, or homes for the aged; ptochotrophia, or asylums for the poor; nosocomia, or hospitals for the sick; orphanotrophia, or foundling hospitals; brephotrophia, or crêches; and even lobotrophia, or homes for lepers.
The first homes of which we have any knowledge were included in the xenodochia, or hospitals, that arose under the auspices of the Church during the reign of Constantine the Great.
This was certainly not the first establishment of the kind at Jerusalem. even before the crusades, hostelries were indispensable to shelter the pilgrims who flocked to the Holy Places, and in the beginning the hospitia or xenodochia were nothing more.
II (752-757) restored four ancient xenodochia, and added three others.
Later xenodochia, or infirmaries, were attached to these guest-houses, where sick travelers could receive medical treatment.