Writing the History of Fatness and Thinness in Graeco-Roman Antiquity


    Jeudi 13 décembre 2018 de 16h à 18h
    Conférence et vidéo conférence de Christian Laes, université d’Antwerp
    _ Sur place au CNRS d’Ivry sur Seine, 27 rue Paul Bert, métro Porte de Choisy/Porte d’Ivry, salle C en sous-sol
    ou à distance par vidéo-conférence

      Thursday, December 13, 2018 4 p.m.-6 p.m.(Paris time)
      A lecture by Christian Laes (University of Antwerp)
      CNRS building, 27 rue Paul Bert, Porte de Choisy/Porte d’Ivry subway station, room C in the basement or by distance through video-conference

      Cette conférence est la 23e séance mensuelle du séminaire interdisciplinaire :
      “The Individual and his Body in the Ancient Mediterranean Basin” organisé par Alice Mouton.

      Résumé :
      Fatness and thinness has been a much underexploited topic in the study of classical Antiquity. In this presentation, I will carefully analyse the Greek and Roman vocabulary to denote the matter. After this, I will catalogue information on concrete instances of persons who were considered to have suffered from overweight, or emaciation. On a second level, I will deal with popular mentality regarding overweight or thinness. Thirdly, medical and/or philosophical theory regarding weight problems will be studied. In this, the moral discourse linking obesity with gluttony or weakness and avarice with underweight will be examined. I will also ask whether changed Christian attitudes towards the body and bodily functions lead to new concepts regarding the matter. For these different levels of questions, I will take into account concepts of disability history, asking whether the obviously impairing factors of excess weight or the opposite of it lead to social disfunctionality, hindering people from important social functions and subjecting them to social stigma.

  • Pour en savoir plus : http://www.orient-mediterranee.com/spip.php?article3088
    • Pour assister à la conférence (sur place à Ivry sur Seine ou par video-conference) merci de vous inscrire gratuitement à l’adresse suivante :
      Alice Mouton.



      All the persons who are interested in attending the session (either in Ivry sur Seine or through video-conference) are welcome for free but should register by e-mail beforehand.

    contact: alice.mouton@cnrs.fr

    _ avec le soutien du Labex RESMED