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Author Henten, Jan Willem van, 1955-
Title Martyrdom and noble death : selected texts from Graeco-Roman, Jewish, and Christian antiquity / Jan Willem van Henten & Friedrich Avemarie.
Imprint London ; New York : Routledge, 2002.

Author Henten, Jan Willem van, 1955-
Series Context of early Christianity.
Context of early Christianity.
Subject Martyrdom -- Comparative studies.
Death -- Religious aspects -- Comparative studies.
Alt Name Avemarie, Friedrich.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 200 pages).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents 1. Pagan traditions of noble death -- 2. Noble death in early Jewish sources -- 3. Christian martyrs from the first to the third century CE -- 4. Martyrdom and noble death in the rabbinic tradition.
Summary Annotation 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.
ISBN 020399440X (electronic bk.)
9780203994405 (electronic bk.)
0415138906 (Cloth)
0415138914 (Paper)
OCLC # 252807468
Additional Format Print version: Henten, J.W. van. Martyrdom and noble death. London ; New York : Routledge, 2002 (DLC) 2001045715.

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