From Autothanasia to Suicide: Self-killing in Classical Antiquity

1st Edition

Anton J. L. van Hooff

Routledge
Published November 4, 2011
Reference - 332 Pages
ISBN 9780415513241 - CAT# Y134548

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Summary

Using almost a thousand case studies, both real and fictional, Dr van Hooff provides us with a unique and engaging insight into self-killing in the Graeco-Roman world.
The author analyses the methods and motives which lie behind self-killing relating them to ancient popular morality as it appears in the various media and traces the development of the concept of self-murder, as opposed to the original idea of autothanasia, which lies at the root of the Christian abhorrence of suicide.

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