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The Staff of Oedipus: Transforming Disability in Ancient Greece (Corporealities: Discourses Of Disability)

By Martha L. Rose

Ancient Greek photos of incapacity permeate the Western attention: Homer, Teiresias, and Oedipus instantly are evoked. yet The employees of Oedipus appears to be like at incapacity within the historic global during the lens of incapacity reviews, and divulges that our interpretations of incapacity within the historic global are usually skewed. those fake assumptions in flip lend weight to modern day discriminatory attitudes towards disability.
Martha L. Rose considers a number disabilities and the narratives surrounding them. She examines not just old literature, but additionally papyrus, skeletal fabric, inscriptions, sculpture, and portray, and attracts upon smooth paintings, together with autobiographies of individuals with disabilities, clinical learn, and theoretical paintings in incapacity stories. Her research uncovers the realities of lifestyle for individuals with disabilities in historical Greece and demanding situations the interpretation of the time period adunatos (unable) as "disabled," with all its smooth associations.

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