This volume 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.

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

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PART I The Ancient (Near) East

chapter 3|10 pages

Disabilities from head to foot in Hittite civilization

ByRichard H. Beal

chapter 4|14 pages

Mesopotamia and Israel

ByEdgar Kellenberger

chapter 7|16 pages

India: demystifying disability in Antiquity

ByM. Miles

chapter 8|13 pages

Disability in ancient China

ByOlivia Milburn

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PART II The Greek world

chapter 9|18 pages

The Greek vocabulary of disabilities

ByEvelyne Samama

chapter 10|15 pages

Ability and disability in classical Athenian oratory

ByMartha Lynn Rose

chapter 11|13 pages

Disabilities in tragedy and comedy

ByRobert Garland

chapter 12|15 pages

Legal (and customary?) approaches to the disabled in ancient Greece

ByMatthew Dillon

chapter 14|14 pages

Plutarch’s ‘philosophy’ of disability: human after all

ByMichiel Meeusen

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PART III The Roman world

chapter 15|9 pages

Perfect Roman bodies: the Stoic view

ByBert Gevaert

chapter 16|11 pages

Foul and fair bodies, minds, and poetry in Roman satire

BySarah E. Bond, T. H. M. Gellar-Goad

chapter 17|15 pages

The ‘other’ Romans: deformed bodies in the visual arts of Rome

ByLisa Trentin

chapter 18|19 pages

Mobility impairment in the sanctuaries of early Roman Italy

ByEmma-Jayne Graham

chapter 19|16 pages

Mental disability? Galen on mental health

chapter 20|15 pages

Madness and mad patients according to Caelius Aurelianus

ByDanielle Gourevitch

chapter 21|15 pages

Disability in the Roman Digest

ByPeter Toohey

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PART IV The late ancient world

chapter 22|13 pages

Hysterical women? Gender and disability in early Christian narrative

ByAnna Rebecca Solevåg

chapter 23|14 pages

Augustine’s sermons and disability

ByMartin Claes, Anthony Dupont

chapter 24|15 pages

Infirmitas in monastic rules

ByJenni Kuuliala

chapter 25|19 pages

The Coptic and Ethiopic traditions

ByCarol Downer

chapter 27|15 pages

The disabled in the Byzantine Empire

ByStephanos Efthymiadis

chapter 29|13 pages

Impotent husbands, eunuchs and flawed women in early Islamic law

ByHocine Benkheira

chapter 30|19 pages

Disability in rabbinic Judaism

ByJulia Watts Belser, Lennart Lehmhaus

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PART V The endurance of tradition

chapter 31|13 pages

Then and now: canon law on disabilities

ByIrina Metzler