Reconstructing the lived experience of disability in antiquity: a case study from Roman Egypt

Draycott, J. (2015) Reconstructing the lived experience of disability in antiquity: a case study from Roman Egypt. Greece and Rome, 62(2), pp. 189-205. (doi: 10.1017/S0017383515000066)

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Over the last thirty years, the development of disability studies as an academic discipline has in turn ensured that interest in disability in historical periods has steadily increased. Initially, scholars presented an overwhelmingly negative view of disability in antiquity, proceeding under the assumption that babies born displaying visible signs of deformity or disability were subjected either to infanticide or exposure, and that individuals who were subsequently identified as suffering from a deformity or disability, or developed either one later in life, were ostracized and unable to make any meaningful contribution to society. It is only over the last decade that this reductive approach has been gradually discredited, and the understanding of disability in antiquity has become increasingly nuanced. To date, one monograph has been published on deformity and disability in the Graeco-Roman world, one monograph on disability in the Greek world and one on disability in the Roman world, and one edited volume on disability in antiquity and another on disability in the Roman world. These have been complemented by investigations into disability in Judaism, Christianity and the Bible.

Item Type:Articles (Other)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Draycott, Jane
Authors: Draycott, J.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Classics
Journal Name:Greece and Rome
Journal Abbr.:G&R
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):1477-4550
Published Online:10 September 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Classical Association
First Published:First published in Greece and Rome 62(2): 189-205
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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