A conversation with Christian Laes on how to study disability in Byzantium. What might count as a disability in a Byzantine context? What social consequences did it have? How was it represented in texts? How did people try to cope with their disabilities?
Christian Laes is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Manchester, where he researches the social and cultural history of Graeco-Roman and Late Antiquity. You can learn more about his work on Christian’s Academia.edu page.
The conversation is based on a number of his publications, including ‘Power, Infirmity, and “Disability”: Five Case-Stories on Byzantine Emperors and their Impairments,’ in Byzantinoslavica 77 (2019); and ‘How does one do the history of disability in antiquity? One thousand years of case-studies,’ in Medicina nei Secoli 23 (2011).
Byzantium & Friends is hosted by Anthony Kaldellis, Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics at The Ohio State University. You can follow him on his personal website.
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