1st Edition

From Autothanasia to Suicide
Self-killing in Classical Antiquity

ISBN 9780203032930
Published September 11, 2002 by Routledge
328 Pages

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Book Description

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.


`This bold attempt to set out all the attitudes to suicide attested in classical antiquity is an important contribution to the social history of the western world' - Classical Review Vol XLII