The Eye of the Beholder: Deformity and Disability in the Graeco-Roman World by Robert Garland, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
The Eye of the Beholder: Deformity and Disability in the Graeco-Roman World

The Eye of the Beholder: Deformity and Disability in the Graeco-Roman World

by Robert Garland
     
 

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This engrossing book was the first ever investigation into the plight of the disabled and deformed in Graeco-Roman society, drawing on a wealth of material, including literary texts, medical tracts, vase paintings, sculpture, mythology and ethnography. It is now issued in paperback for the first time with a new preface and updated bibliography.

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This engrossing book was the first ever investigation into the plight of the disabled and deformed in Graeco-Roman society, drawing on a wealth of material, including literary texts, medical tracts, vase paintings, sculpture, mythology and ethnography. It is now issued in paperback for the first time with a new preface and updated bibliography.

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Garland (classics, Colgate U., New York) offers an initial foray of disability studies into the classical world, leaving for later studies such dimensions as mental incapacity, age as a cause of increasing disablement, changes in attitudes over time, and a comparison between Greek and Roman attitudes. His chapters include survival of the weakest, the Roman emperor in his monstrous world, the physiognomic consciousness, medical diagnosis and treatment, and racial deformity. The first edition was published in 1995; this second provides an additional preface, and has apparently been corrected but not revised substantially.

‘... should be read by everyone with a concern for where we come from morally, intellectually, politically and culturally.’

‘Garland’s enthusiasm and erudition have produced one of the most readable and informative books of recent years in the field of ancient social history ... an excellent introduction to the subject.’

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853997372
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
08/31/2010
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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Robert Garland is Professor of Classics at Colgate University, New York. He is the author of many books, including "Hannibal" (Ancients in Action series, 2010), "Celebrity in Antiquity: From Media Tarts to Tabloid Queens" (Classical Inter/Faces series, 2006), "Surviving Greek Tragedy" (2004) and "Religion and the Greeks" (Classical World series, 1994).

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