Physically Deformed and Disabled People

Johannes Stahl

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman World

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195188004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Physically Deformed and Disabled People

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This article takes a look at disabled and physically deformed people in Roman antiquity. It first defines the term “disabled” and then examines the attitudes Roman society had towards disability and the disabled. It also studies the kinds of reactions created by these attitudes, from aggressive rejection and ignorance, to affection and sympathy.

Keywords: disabled; physically deformed; attitudes; disability; reactions

Article.  9368 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Roman History

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