Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Roman Soldiers and PTSD


Roman Soldiers and PTSD (and other freebies from G&R)

Assorted notices are filling my box of some free content at Greece and Rome … on which immediately caught my eye:
Aislinn Melchior, Caesar in Vietnam: Did Roman Soldiers Suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Here’s the abstract:

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) made its first appearance in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 1980, partly as a result of the ongoing treatment of veterans from the Vietnam War. Although PTSD is not only or even primarily a disorder caused by combat, combat is a regular trigger and my chief concern in what follows. Therefore I will not be examining such evidence as exists for the psychological traumas of civilians in the ancient world who were exposed to violence, rape, enslavement, or the execution of family members in the context of conquest. My focus is on the soldier.

The article is available here

Other freebies:
Caleb, Ellicott Finch, Evolving views of Ageing and Longevity from Homer to Hippocrates: Emergence of Natural Factors, Persistence of the Supernatural
Felix Bdelmann and Pat Easterling, Reading Minds in Greek Tragedy
Charlotte R. Potts, The Art of Piety and Profit at Pompeii: A New Interpretation of the Painted Shop Façade at ix.7.1–2
T. J. Leary, Kipling, Stalky, Regulus & Co.: A Reading of Horace Odes 3.5
Paul Millett, Aristotle and Slavery in Athens

… all available here