Garland here offers the first detailed investigation of the plight of those Greeks and Romans who, owing either to deformity or to disability, did not meet their society's exacting criteria for the ideal human form. Drawing on classical drama and poetry, historical works, medical tracts, vase painting and sculpture, mythology, and ethnography, Garland examines the high incidence of disability and deformity among the Greek and Roman population.
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Robert Garland holds the Roy D. and Margaret B. Wooster Chair of the Classics at Colgate University.Review:
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.’
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Book Description Cornell University Press, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110801431441