Trying something new – Book Reviews

maxresdefaultIt seems that the current UK heat wave is here for the forseeable future! As a result I can only assume that it’s going to be another hectic week at work, as it has been for the past month. Because of this, I offer my apologies that I’m unable to post anything significant this week, but rest assured I’m working on something new, or at least it’s new to me anyway!

Recently I’ve been reading a lot about the body in antiquity, not only because it’s the basis of the second year of my MA but also because it’s a really fascinating area of research, one that demonstrates the interdisciplinary nature of Classical Studies as a whole. I began reading, aiming to focus on mental afflictions in the ancient past, but as I delved deeper into the subject I’ve found myself focussing on many other aspects that are equally interesting which have prompted me to research them further and possibly, dare I say it, consider them for my dissertation at the end of next year. I was looking for some resources online and stumbled upon a book published very recently in 2018 and written by Christian Laes – Associate Professor of Latin and Ancient History at the University of Antwerp (Belgium), and Adjunct Professor of Ancient History at the University of Tampere (Finland). I looked to see if it was online but I couldn’t access it, so I looked into the possibility of buying it, but at £75, that really wasn’t feasible. So, I contacted the Open University library, who as ever were extremely helpful and submitted a request to have the book made available to students. After a few weeks of waiting I got an email back telling me it was now available for download and as you can imagine I was chuffed and I set to work reading it.

So, here’s what I’m currently working on:

Christian Laes, Disabilities and the Disabled in the Roman World: A Social and Cultural History.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. PP. 1-191. ISBN: 9781316678480. £75.

Reviewed by – Tony Potter, July 2018.


Writing a book review is a completely new experience for me and I’m not expecting it to be a work of critical genius, but I’m determined to give it my best attempt. I’m currently half way through the book at the moment and hope to start writing up later this week. So please keep an eye on the Classical Fix Blog for updates and I really hope that once the review post is up and available you enjoy reading.

As always, I would love feedback, constructive criticism is always valued!



P.S – Since setting myself this task, I’ve discovered that writing a review on a book like this is not as straightforward as I had thought, as such it’s taking me a little longer than expected!

The review is starting to take shape but I’m determined to give it a really good go, so bear with me on this and as soon as it’s done, I’ll post it up for feedback. I’m hoping that this will give me some valuable experience in writing an academic book review so I can tackle more in the future.

In the meantime keep an eye on the blog for more content!

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