Podcast Hack
Disability in the Ancient WorldBy You're Dead To Me, Greg Jenner, Rosie Jones, Dr Jane Draycott

In a Nutshell

In this October 2021 episode of You're Dead To Me, Rosie Jones and Dr. Jane Draycott join host Greg Jenner to discuss how disabled people were treated in antiquity.

Favorite Quote

When I go out in 2021 on a Friday night and I can't get into my local nightclub, it’s like, what you bloody doing? They had it sorted in Greek times! They probably had a lovely ramp into the nightclub, a lovely ramp in the kebab shop.

Rosie Jones


The exclusion of disabled people from historical narratives has led to a common misconception that there was no space for them in ancient times. However, there are countless stories of disability through the ages if you know where to look.

You're Dead To Me is a BBC podcast hosted by public historian Greg Jenner. Featuring guest comedians and historical experts, it brings together laughter and learning.

In this episode from October 2021, Jenner is joined by historian Dr. Jane Draycott and comedian Rosie Jones, who brings her experience with cerebral palsy to the discussion.

The trio dissects disability in antiquity, from attitudes to assistive technology to debunking Spartan brutality.

Here are the 3 key insights from this Hack

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