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"Classics Presents..." Speaker Series 2017-18

Thursday, October 19, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Mackintosh-Corry Hall
Room: D216
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Dr. Peter Toohey, Professor, Department of Classics and Religion, University of Calgary
Mental Illness in Ancient Rome

The most extensive and best illustrated discussion of mental illness in Roman literature is to be found in the legal compendium known as the Digest.  Because this abundant material is less well known, I’ll offer a representative sampling of some of the more intriguing commentaries within the Digest on mental instability and I’ll try to suggest what this might have meant for a Roman audience.  Where it’s applicable I’ll offer parallels from other Roman writings.

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