Year: 1994 Source: Crisis, v.15, no.4, (1994), p.179-186 SIEC No: 19940907

Attitudes toward suicide differ between societies, & also change with time. 104 items of ancient art from Greek, Roman & Estrucan societies that show suicide have been examined & catalogued. These icons, the most distinctive of which are discussed in this article, confirm the view suggested by literary sources that in the Graeco-Roman world self-killing was preferably seen as a deliberate, resolute, & heroic act. (7 refs.)