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No, I haven't, but I really don't try to think of the truth. I know that even when I was riding my dinosaur to school they didn't breath this to us. But most cultures did not have any disabled people. This was due solely to the fact they were stoned.
Roman laws on disability
Main article: Roman Law
The Twelve Tables included a law that said disabled or deformed children should be put to death, usually by stoning. They also stipulated that if a free person or a slave is injured and subsequently disabled by an individual, the injurer has to pay a certain amount of money or is punished by being disfigured in a similar fashion.
In addition, Dionysius of Halicarnassus wrote that the city's founder Romulus required children who were born disabled to be exposed on a hillside. Historians think that this was a fairly common practice due to a believed high number of congenital defects due to the prevalence of poor nutrition, incest, and disease. As time passed however, enforcement of this law became less and less common until eventually in the third century it was reversed by a new law requiring parents to take care of infants who were disabled.
In Commentarii de Bello Gallico, Julius Caesar mentions that the Gauls commonly maimed his centurions, usually by blinding them, mentioning that four centurions out of a cohort were blinded. Soldiers disabled in such circumstances were given a stipend by the state once they retired.
Many late period Emperors, such as Nero or Caligula, are known to have used disfigurement or disablement as punishments for legal infractions, as well as personal attacks
They found other ways to be useful so that a larger group would take care of them.
Sometimes a disabled person became like priests or shaman or holy men of one variety or another, people with seizure disorders were often believed to have a connection to the supernatural. Other times they would tend to the sick and wounded. Sometimes two people with different disabilities would form a partnership and assist one another.
Bottom line, they found some way to be useful, or else SOMEBODY found a use for them.
It's actually quite rare that they were simply killed off. Spartans for instance.
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I have wondered this, even more currently. My great uncle was intellectually disabled (back then they called it mentally retarded) and lived to be in his mid 70's. I rarely saw another intellectually disabled person that was in that same age range, and I could never figure out why.
But yes, I have wondered that.
I admire them for it because it would have been much more difficult.