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

Martha L. Rose

Ancient Greek photographs of incapacity permeate the Western cognizance: Homer, Teiresias, and Oedipus instantly are evoked. yet The employees of Oedipus appears at incapacity within the historic global in the course of the lens of incapacity experiences, 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 historic literature, but in addition papyrus, skeletal fabric, inscriptions, sculpture, and portray, and attracts upon glossy paintings, together with autobiographies of individuals with disabilities, scientific learn, and theoretical paintings in incapacity stories. Her learn uncovers the realities of lifestyle for individuals with disabilities in historic Greece and demanding situations the interpretation of the time period adunatos (unable) as "disabled," with all its glossy associations.

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