Year: 1977 Source: New York State Journal of Medicine, v.77, no.12, (1977), p.1986-1992 SIEC No: 19841119

The author argues that Josephus appears to have been somewhat critical of the act of suicide & probably admired neither the institutional suicide of the Romans nor the martyrdom of the Jewish extremists. Although Josephus never gave up Judaism while a Roman citizen, he was practical & put survival above ideology & principle when faced with a test of will. His detailed reporting of suicides was probably accurate to a considerable degree & enhanced by his own phobic concern for that fate.