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Classical Studies 3400E
Chris Piper

Definitions A dwarf (due to some pathological condition such as cretinism or some other disease that produces disproportion or deformation of features and limbs). A midget is someone perfect in form and normal in function, but diminutive. A pygmy From the Greek pygme or pygmaios, meaning the “distance from elbow to knuckles.” Dwarfs in Roman art Were there many of these given the Roman propensity for exposure of the physically or mentally deformed at birth? these do appear in the slave staffs in the imperial and noble households. Slaves who were bought to amuse their masters/as jesters were called moriones (sing. morio). Pygmies In the Iliad and on Greek vases pygmies appear fighting battles with c
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