Martyrdom and Noble Death: Selected Texts from Graeco-Roman, Jewish, and Christian Antiquity

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 200 pages
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This volume explores the fascinating phenomenon of noble death through pagan, Jewish and Christian sources. Today's society is uncomfortable with death, and willingly submitting to a violent and ostentatious death in public is seen as particularly shocking and unusual. Yet classical sources give a different view, with public self-sacrifice often being applauded. The Romans admired a heroic end in the battlefield or the arena, suicide in the tradition of Socrates was something laudable, and Christians and Jews alike faithfully commemorated their heroes who died during religious persecutions. The cross-cultural approach and wide chronological range of this study make it valuable for students and scholars of ancient history, religion and literature.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Pagan traditions of noble death
9
8
36
Noble death in early Jewish sources
42
Christian martyrs from the first to the third century CE
88
Martyrdom and noble death in the rabbinic tradition
132
119 The Binding of Isaac
168
Bibliography
177
Index
193
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