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date: 08 May 2021

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This chapter approaches the theme of ancient disabilities from the angle of the life course. After an introduction on definitions and concepts as well as demography and medicine, it tackles the issues of etiology of disability, the chances of survival for neonates in the first days of their life, early childhood years, schooling or labor, and marriage and family life. Attention is paid to both the practicalities of daily life and popular attitudes. This chapter also deals with the question of the possible change caused by Christianity, both in ideology and in everyday life.

Keywords: Blind, Christianity, deaf, exposure, learning disorders, mental disorders, miracles, mobility problems, mockery, monster, pity, sin

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