A Cultural History of Disability in Antiquity

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Though there was not even a word for, or a concept of, disability in Antiquity, a considerable part of the population experienced physical or mental conditions that put them at a disadvantage. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, from literary texts and legal sources to archaeological and iconographical evidence as well as comparative anthropology, this volume uniquely examines contexts and conditions of disability in the ancient world.

An essential resource for researchers, scholars and students of history, literature, culture and education, A Cultural History of Disability in Antiquity explores such themes and topics as: atypical bodies; mobility impairment; chronic pain and illness; blindness; deafness; speech; learning difficulties; and mental health.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages209
ISBN (Print)9781350028524, 9781350436282
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2020

Publication series

NameA Cultural History of Disability
PublisherBloomsbury Academic


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