Disabilities in Roman Antiquity: Disparate Bodies <i>A Capite ad Calcem</i>

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Christian Laes, Chris Goodey, M. Lynn Rose
BRILL, May 30, 2013 - Medical - 332 pages
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This is the first volume ever to systematically study the subject of disabilities in the Roman world. The contributors examine the topic from head to toe: mental and intellectual disability, alcoholism, visual impairment, speech disorder, hermaphroditism, monstrous births, mobility problems, osteology and visual representations of disparate bodies.
 

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Contents

A Guide
17
Psychiatric Disability in the Galenic Medical Matrix
45
Two Historical Case Histories of Acute Alcoholism in the Roman
73
Exploring Visual Impairment in Ancient Rome
89
Silent History? Speech Impairment in Roman Antiquity
145
The Case
181
Whats in a Monster? Pliny the Elder Teratology and Bodily Disability Bert Gevaert and Christian Laes
211
A King Walking with Pain? On the Textual and Iconographical
231
Disparate Lives or Disparate Deaths? PostMortem Treatment of
249
The Function of Caricature
275
Index Locorum
299
General Index
314
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