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Disability in the Roman Digest

Disability in the Roman Digest
125 Queen's Park, Lillian Massey Building, Room 205
Time: Oct 23rd, 11:00 am End: Oct 23rd, 1:00 am
Interest Categories: Medieval Studies (FAS), Classics (FAS), 2000-
Talk by Peter Toohey (Calgary)

The Department of Classics presents

Disability in the Roman Digest

A variety of disabilities are highlighted in the Roman legal compendium the Digest. One famous passage (Digest 21.1.9ff.) discusses disabilities such being mute, as having lacerations of the limb, as being short or dim sighted, as having "warts or polypuses in the nose", or with "imbalance, with one leg shorter than the other", with limps, as being a habitual bed-wetter, having "fingers joined together" or having congenitally swollen tonsils. This talk will explore some of these conditions to suggest how and why the Digest and perhaps the Romans viewed disability.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Department of Classics at 416


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