1 Vision in ancient times
How was vision understood in the ancient world? How well could people see, and how were problems with the eyes treated?
In this section you’ll think about the eyes – how vision was thought to work, and what impairments of vision were experienced by people in ancient Greece and Rome. You’ll also look at how colour was used, and why ordinary people feared the Evil Eye.
Do you know, or can you find, any stories about visual impairments in ancient Greece or Rome, either in myth or in reality?