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Disabilities and the disabled in the Roman world : a social and cultural history / Christian Laes.

By: Laes, Christian [author].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, c2018Description: xi, 238 pages ; 24 centimetres.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781107162907; 1107162904; 9781316615010; 1316615014.Uniform titles: Beperkt. English Subject(s): Medicine, Greek and Roman -- History | People with mental disabilities -- Rome -- History | People with disabilities -- Rome -- HistorySummary: "Almost fifteen percent of the world's population today experiences some form of mental or physical disability and society tries to accommodate their needs. But what was the situation in the Roman world? Was there a concept of disability? How were the disabled treated? How did they manage in their daily lives? What answers did medical doctors, philosophers and patristic writers give for their problems? This book, the first monograph on the subject in English, explores the medical and material contexts for disability in the ancient world, and discusses the chances of survival for those who were born with a handicap. It covers the various sorts of disability: mental problems, blindness, deafness and deaf-muteness, speech impairment and mobility impairment, and includes discussions of famous instances of disability from the ancient world, such as the madness of Emperor Caligula, the stuttering of Emperor Claudius and the blindness of Homer"-- Provided by publisher.
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Translation of: Beperkt : Gehandicapten in het Romeinse Rijk. Davidsfonds Uitgeverij, Leuven, 2014.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 192-214) and index.

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