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date: 23 October 2019

suicide 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity
Author(s):
Gillian ClarkGillian Clark

Traditionally an accepted, even praiseworthy, way out of troubles, especially sexual shame for women and defeat for men. Lucretia, and Cato of Utica, were examples known from school texts and debates. But Stoic arguments that suicide could be a rational choice were surpassed by Plato’s teaching that although the mortal body hampers the immortal soul, we should wait for God to dismiss us from our post (... ...

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