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Ambitiosa Mors : Suicide and the Self in Roman Thought and Literature - T. D. Hill

Ambitiosa Mors

Suicide and the Self in Roman Thought and Literature

Hardcover Published: 11th August 2004
ISBN: 9780415970976
Number Of Pages: 352

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Although the distinctive - and sometimes bizarre - means by which Roman aristocrats often chose to end their lives has attracted some scholarly attention in the past, most writers on the subject have been content to view this a s an irrational and inexplicable aspect of Roman culture. In this book, T.D. Hill traces the cultural logic which animated these suicides, describing the meaning and significance of such deaths in their original cultural context. Covering the writing of most major Latin authors between Lucretius and Lucan, this book argues that the significance of the 'noble death' in Roman culture cannot be understood if the phenomenon is viewed in the context of modern ideas of the nature of the self.

"it fully realizes its claim to deepen our understanding of ancient suicide by making self-killing practices of the Roman elite of the Early Principate part of the ancient category of good dying, euthanatein in the classical sense."
-Anton J.L. van Hooff, Nijmegen University, "Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 09/2005

A Note on the Translationsp. vii
Series Editors' Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Cicerop. 31
Lucretius and Epicureanismp. 73
Eros, Self-Killing, and the Suicidal Lover in Republican Literaturep. 87
Vergilp. 105
Ovidp. 121
Senecap. 145
The Concept of Political Suicide at Romep. 183
Lucanp. 213
Petroniusp. 237
Epilogue: Roman Suicide after Nerop. 253
Glossary of Termsp. 261
End Notesp. 263
Bibliographyp. 303
Indexp. 317
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ISBN: 9780415970976
ISBN-10: 0415970970
Series: Studies in Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 11th August 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.15  x 2.11
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1