Disability in Antiquity

Disability in Antiquity

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This volume is a major contribution to the field of disability history in the ancient world. Contributions from leading international scholars examine deformity and disability from a variety of historical, sociological and theoretical perspectives, as represented in various media. The volume is not confined to a narrow view of 'antiquity' but includes a large number of pieces on ancient western Asia that provide a broad and comparative view of the topic and enable scholars to see this important topic in the round. Disability in Antiquity is the first multidisciplinary volume to truly map out and explore the topic of disability in the ancient world and create new avenues of thought and research.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 506 pages
  • 174 x 246 x 33.02mm | 1,315.42g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 22 black & white halftones, 1 black & white line drawings
  • 1138814857
  • 9781138814851

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After two millennia the voices of some of the most silent people of antiquity are finally being heard. This volume opens up a world previously all but unknown to us. It is an important collection of essays, in terms of both content and approach, that every ancient historian and classicist, as well as anyone interested in the history of disability, needs to read. - Professor Tim Parkin, University of Manchester, UK Christian Laes and the contributors to this volume emancipate the disabled in antiquity, not only in the Greek and Roman world, but also in the Near, Middle and Far East. They show them in their social and cultural context and in comparative perspective, making visible the invisible. - Emeritus Professor Manfred Horstmanshoff, Leiden University, The Netherlands
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About Christian Laes

Christian Laes is Associate Professor of Latin and Ancient History at the University of Antwerp (Belgium), and Adjunct Professor of Ancient History at the University of Tampere (Finland). From 2014-16, he has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Social Research, University of Tampere. He has published five monographs, four edited volumes and over seventy international contributions on the human life course in Roman and Late Antiquity. Childhood, youth, old age, family, marriage and sexuality as well as disabilities are the main focuses of his scholarly work.
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Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgements Note on the Bibliography List of Contributors * Introduction: Disability History and the Ancient World. Past, Present and Future - Christian Laes * Disability and Infirmitas in the Ancient World: Demographic and Biological facts in the longue duree - April Pudsey The Ancient (Near) East * Disabilities from Head to Toe in Hittite Civilisation - Richard Beal * Mesopotamia and Israel - Edgar Kellenberger * Ancient Persia and Silent Disability - Omar Coloru * Egyptian Medicine and Disabilities: from Pharaonic to Graeco-Roman Egypt - Rosalie David * India: Demystifying Disability in Antiquity - M. Miles * Disability in Ancient China - Olivia Milburn The Greek World * The Greek vocabulary of disabilities - Evelyn Samama * Ability and Disability in Classical Athenian Oratory - Martha Lynn Rose * Disabilities in Comedy and Tragedy - Robert Garland * Legal (and Customary?) Approaches to the Disabled in Ancient Greece - Matthew Dillon * The Hellenistic Turn in Bodily Representations: Venting Anxiety in Terracotta Figurines - Alexandre Mitchell * Plutarch's 'Philosophy' of Disability: Human after All - Michiel Meeusen The Roman World * Roman Perfect bodies. The Stoic View - Bert Gevaert * Foul and Fair Bodies, Minds, and Poetry in Roman Satire - Sarah Bond and T.H.M. Gellar-Goad * The 'Other' Romans: Deformed Bodies in the Visual Arts of Rome - Lisa Trentin * Mobility Impairment in the Sanctuaries of Early Roman Italy - Emma-Jayne Graham * Mental Disability? Galen on Mental Health - Chiara Thumiger * Madness and Mad Patients According to Caelius Aurelianus - Danielle Gourevitch * Disability in the Roman Digest - Peter Toohey The Late Ancient World * Hysterical Women? Gender and Disability in Early Christian Narrative - Anna Rebecca Solevag * Augustine's Sermons and Disabilities - Martin Claes and Anthony Dupont * Infirmitas in Monastic Rules - Jenni Kuuliala * The Coptic and Ethiopic Tradition on Disabilities - Carol Downer * The Disability Within: Sexual Desire as Disability in Syriac Christianity - John Martens * The Disabled in the Byzantine Empire - Stephanos Efthymiadis * What Difference did Islam Make? Disease and Disability in Early Medieval North Africa - Matthew Gaumer * Impotent Husbands, Eunuchs and Flawed Women in Early Islamic Law - Hocine Benkheira * Disability in Rabbinic Judaism - Lennart Lehmhaus and Julia Watts Belser The endurance of tradition * Then and now. Canonical law on disabilities - Irina Metzler * The Imperfect body in Nazi Germany: Ancient Concepts, Modern Technologies - Toon Van Houdt Bibliography Index
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