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Disabilities and the disabled in the Roman world : a social and cultural history

Author: Christian Laes
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christian Laes
ISBN: 9781107162907 1107162904 9781316615010 1316615014
OCLC Number: 1013508912
Language Note: Translated from the Dutch.
Notes: Translation of: Beperkt : Gehandicapten in het Romeinse Rijk. Davidsfonds Uitgeverij, Leuven, 2014.
Description: xi, 238 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Conception, birth and the 'crucial' first days --
Mental and intellectual disabilities: sane or insane? --
Blindness: 'a fate worse than death' --
Deaf, mute and deaf-mute: a silent story --
Speech defects: stammering history --
Mobility impairments: history of pain and toil --
Conclusions.
Other Titles: Beperkt.
Responsibility: Christian Laes, University of Antwerp.

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The first ever monograph in English on an important section of the population of the Roman world which has too often been neglected. A methodological introduction is followed by a head-to-toe  Read more...

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