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Attitudes Toward Death

  • Paul Carrick
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 18)

Abstract

No matter how much the Greeks valued health, they realized that sooner or later even the healthiest and most robust among them must die. It is my purpose in this chapter to illustrate some of the attitudes that the Greeks had toward death at various times in their cultural development. What I shall argue is that the Greeks had no single view on the meaning of death. Rather they held a plurality of often conflicting views, just as we do in our own culture today.

Keywords

Moral Virtue Twin Brother Archaic Period Personal Survival Dreamless Sleep 
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Notes

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    Cornford, Francis M.: 1967, From Religion to Philosophy, Harper, New York, p. xxiv, ff.Google Scholar
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    Vermeule, Emily: 1979, Aspects of Death in Early Greek Art and Poetry, The Sather Classical Lectures, vol. XLVI, University of California Press, California, p. 41.Google Scholar
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    Bowra, C. M.: 1959, The Greek Experience, Mentor, New York, p. 49.Google Scholar

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

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