Madness in ancient Rome: Law, literature and medicine CPD


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Professor Vivian Nutton discusses the law, literature and medicine for madness in ancient Rome. Professor Nutton covers the Athenian and Roman laws, the ‘insanity plea’ of the time, and discusses three key texts by philosophers Rufus of Ephesus and Galen of Pergamum to gain insight into how the Romans perceived the mind and madness.

This lecture was filmed at the 'Mind, madness and melancholia: Ideas and institutions in psychiatry from classical antiquity to the present' meeting at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

Date of lecture: 10th May 2016

Length: 00:36:05

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