Disability in Antiquity [Hardback]

Christian Laes (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781138814851 | Published by: Routledge | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 560p,

Disability in Antiquity


This 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. This multidisciplinary volume is the first to truly map out and explore the topic of disability in the ancient world and create new avenues of thought and research.

Table of Contents

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 durée - 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 Solevåg
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

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