By Valerie Hope
Providing a variety of proper, translated texts on dying, burial and commemoration within the Roman global, this ebook is organized thematically and supported by way of dialogue of contemporary scholarship. The breadth of fabric incorporated guarantees that this sourcebook will make clear the best way loss of life used to be thought of and handled in Roman society.
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I thought to die first. I looked for a sword in Ascyltos’ lodgings. If I had not found you, I would have thrown myself over a cliff. I will show you that death is not far away from those who seek him. ’ With these words he snatched a razor from Eumolpus’ hired servant, and drew it once and then once again across his throat, and fell down at our feet. I gave a cry of horror and rushed to him as he fell and sought the road of death with the same weapon. But Giton did not show the smallest trace of a wound, and I did not feel any pain.
The patron set this up at his own expense. Love and death In Latin literature the intensity of love could be compared to death. The idea of people who felt that love was killing them or would kill them was a literary cliché. Love could lead to despair and a longing for death, even if suicide was rarely the end result. Self-killing for love, and thus a failure to control emotion, would not be a good and rational suicide for a man (see above). In comedy heroes may claim to be in a state of love-sick suicidal despair, but are soon talked out of self-harm (see Plautus, Asinaria 617–43; Cistellaria 644; Pseudolus 95–106).
How often it is made clear that they consider nothing other than the satisfaction of their master or the people! Even when they are weakened with wounds they send word to their masters to find out their will; if they have given satisfaction to their masters they are pleased to fall. What gladiator of ordinary merit has ever groaned or changed expression? Which one of them has disgraced himself upon his feet or in his fall? And which of them after defeat has drawn in his neck when ordered to suffer the final blow?