The Resource The eye of the beholder : deformity and disability in the Graeco-Roman world, Robert Garland

The eye of the beholder : deformity and disability in the Graeco-Roman world, Robert Garland

Label
The eye of the beholder : deformity and disability in the Graeco-Roman world
Title
The eye of the beholder
Title remainder
deformity and disability in the Graeco-Roman world
Statement of responsibility
Robert Garland
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In the eyes of the ancient Greeks and Romans, physical imperfections and infirmities were comparable to marks of the barbarian. The distinguished historian Robert Garland 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. From the deaf, the blind, and the lame to hunchbacks, dwarfs, and giants, to those even more severely disabled, he explores the lives of the handicapped and their place in ancient society
  • Garland discusses medical treatments, jobs available to the disabled, religious and scientific explanations for congenital deformities, and the prevalence of belief in monstrous races. And he analyzes how, through public rituals, social institutions, literature, and art, ancient society as a whole utilized deformity for its own purposes. The handicapped served as living testimony to the power of divine retribution, and were also regarded as scapegoats, portents, embodiments of evil, objects of amusement, and proof of nature's ingenuity. Referring frequently to the condition of the disabled in contemporary society, The Eye of the Beholder contributes an important chapter in the history of the treatment of the disabled and offers a revealing introduction to a relatively neglected aspect of ancient life
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Garland, Robert
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV1552
LC item number
.G37 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 1995 F-356
  • HV 1552
NLM item number
G233e 1995
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • People with disabilities
  • Abnormalities, Human
  • Disabled Persons
  • Attitude
  • Congenital Abnormalities
  • Greek World
  • Roman World
  • Social Perception
  • Handicapés
  • Malformations
  • Abnormalities, Human
  • People with disabilities
  • Gehandicapten
  • Klassieke oudheid
  • Behinderter
  • Altertum
  • Antike
  • Körperbehinderung
  • Sozialgeschichte
  • Italy
  • Rome (Empire)
  • Griechenland (Altertum)
  • Römisches Reich
Label
The eye of the beholder : deformity and disability in the Graeco-Roman world, Robert Garland
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [203]-216) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Survival of the Weakest -- 2. Half-Lives -- 3. The Roman Emperor in his Monstrous World -- 4. The Deformed and the Divine -- 5. Deriding the Disabled -- 6. The Physiognomic Consciousness -- 7. Images of the Deformed -- 8. Medical Diagnosis and Treatment -- 9. Towards a Teratology -- 10. Racial Deformity
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 222 pages
Isbn
9780801431449
Lccn
94024392
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)31295177
  • (OCoLC)ocm31295177
Label
The eye of the beholder : deformity and disability in the Graeco-Roman world, Robert Garland
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [203]-216) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Survival of the Weakest -- 2. Half-Lives -- 3. The Roman Emperor in his Monstrous World -- 4. The Deformed and the Divine -- 5. Deriding the Disabled -- 6. The Physiognomic Consciousness -- 7. Images of the Deformed -- 8. Medical Diagnosis and Treatment -- 9. Towards a Teratology -- 10. Racial Deformity
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 222 pages
Isbn
9780801431449
Lccn
94024392
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)31295177
  • (OCoLC)ocm31295177

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