Dysfunctional and Pitied? Multiple Experiences of Being 'Disabled' in Ostia Antica and Environs
Keywords:Disability history, Ancient Rome, Bioarchaeology, Fictional stories
AbstractThis essay fits in the tradition of writing fictional life stories according to the bioarchaeology of personhood model, with much attention for objects, care and anthropological comparison. As a starting point, it takes recent excavations at Ostia and environs. Ever since the nineteenth century, both writers and historians have tried to come closer to the voices of the past by writing faction. This is, however, the first attempt to bring disabled persons from the Roman period to life. The essay tries to do do justice to the multifaceted experiences of disabled people, who were never categorized as such in the ancient world.