Disability in Antiquity

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Christian Laes
Routledge, Oct 4, 2016 - History - 490 pages

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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Preface and acknowledgments
Disabilities from head to foot in Hittite
Mesopotamia and Israel
Ancient Persia and silent disability
demystifying disability in Antiquity
Disability in ancient China
deformed bodies in
Mobility impairment in the sanctuaries
Mental disability? Galen on mental health
Madness and mad patients according
Disability in the Roman Digest
Hysterical women? Gender and disability
Augustines sermons and disability
Infirmitas in monastic rules

The Greek vocabulary of disabilities
Ability and disability in classical Athenian
disabled in ancient Greece
venting anxiety in terracotta
the Stoic view
Foul and fair bodies minds and poetry
The Coptic and Ethiopic traditions
sexual desire
The disabled in the Byzantine Empire
What difference did Islam make? Disease
canon law on disabilities

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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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