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Mental Illness in Ancient Rome

As part of the Classical Association of Canada Lecture Tour 2017, the Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics presents guest lecturer Professor Peter Toohey (University of Alberta).

Date & time
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This event is free


Henry F. Hall Building
1455 De Maisonneuve W. Room 527

Wheelchair accessible



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, Peter Toohey will offer a representative sampling of some of the more intriguing commentaries within the Digest on mental instability and will suggest what this might have meant for a Roman audience.  Where applicable he will offer parallels from other Roman writings.   

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