By Phil Barker

ISBN-10: 0850592127

ISBN-13: 9780850592122

Для сайта:Мир книг КнигиAirfix journal advisor. those small A5-sized books have been hardback, in black/white and continually appeared to characteristic precisely sixty four pages, no matter what topic. The books have been first produced in 1974 and have been published at a time, frequently 4 a yr. a complete of 28 are recognized. They have been released by means of Patrick Stephens Ltd.

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His biography is one of the rare books by Lucian where the great mocker is completely serious. There is no trace of the usual debunking or sarcasm when the life of the beloved master is being described. Already in the introduction (4) it is made clear that the man fulfilled himself in death. ’ The end is presented as the climax of a philosophical life. ’ Then, refraining from all food, he took leave of life in the same cheerful humour that people he met always saw in him65. Self-killings like these, committed by wise old men from the upper classes, can be looked upon as cases of stylish euthanasia68: not much comfort could be offered by the ancient doctor if he stuck to the Hippocratic 36 CASUS MORIENDI rules.

This conclusion holds not only for the sum of 74 cases, but also the hard nucleus of historic cases has some significance: 49. 3. Old men are in the first place distinguished by the method of fasting to death. In 18 out of the 61 cases where a means is recorded this harsh method has been used. Metal instruments of self-destruction like sword, dagger or scalpel are in second place for this age group, whereas for the whole of the recorded cases they are by far the most popular medium in antiquity.

Alexander bridged the gap between Greeks and Indians by holding a festival consisting of a competition in music, horsemanship and athletics. To satisfy the Indians he added also a local sport to the games: a competition in wine-drinking where a prize of one talent was put up for the winner and considerable sums of money for the second and third71. A similar variety of reactions was elicited by the voluntary burning to death of Zarmaros. This Indian needed a public too: he died in Athens before Augustus’ eyes ‘either from ambition or from ostentation’.

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