Book Series Antiquité et sciences humaines , vol. 10

‘Madness’ in the Ancient World: Innate or Acquired?

From Theoretical Concepts to Daily Life

Christian Laes, Irina Metzler (eds)

  • Pages: 330 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:6 b/w, 17 col., 1 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2023


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First book volume ever in a flourishing field in which the ancient world is often overlooked

BIO

Christian Laes is Full Professor of Ancient History at the University of Manchester (UK).
Irina Metzler, formerly Wellcome Trust University Award Fellow, University of Swansea (UK).

Summary

This is the first book volume ever to study the ‘difficult’ subject of congenital, intellectual disability in the ancient world. The contributions cover the Ancient Near East, Egypt and the Graeco-Roman world, up to the late ancient period, China, the rabbinic tradition, Byzantium, the Islamic world, and the Middle Ages in the Latin West. The engaging and thought-provoking chapters combine careful textual analysis with attention to the material evidence and comparative perspectives, not the least those offered by disability history for recent periods in history.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Hidden in Plain Sight or Simply Untraceable? The Challenge of Studying Intellectual Disability in the Ancient World (Christian Laes)

Osteological Evidence (Chryssa Bourbou)
The Dossier of CTE and Military Men (Alexandra Morris)
The Quest for Down Syndrome (and Other Symptoms) in Antiquity (Edgar Kellenberger)
Early Christian Evidence: The Apostolic Fathers and the New Testament (Dominika Kurek-Chomycz & Emma Swai)
Brain Injury and Intellectual Disabilities in Early and Medieval China: Two Case Studies (Olivia Milburn)
The Shoteh in Rabbinic Sources: Between Intellectual Disability and Mental Illness? (Lennart Lehmhaus)
Searching for Intellectual Disability in Byzantium (Fotis Vasileiou)
Fools in Arabic Medicine and Hospitals: Medical, Social and Economic Studies (Peter Pormann)
Incapacitas Mentis: Mediaeval Musings on Congenital Fools (Irina Metzler)
Living Creatively with Intellectual Disabilities: Observations of a Father as an Opportunity for Historical Research (Edgar Kellenberger)

General Index
Source Index