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Particularly in how certain aspects or actions are counted as exemplarily an considered ideal in society. Cassie The accounts of Zeno's death illustrate a scene of defiance to a tyrant. The multiple accounts of this event detail him using his last minutes to defy the tyrant and attempt to bring him down. He symbolizes a somewhat violent opposition to tyrannical rule, as he even addresses the people, chastizing them for following him for fear of violent opposition.

He is cast as a figure in opposition to political and social power structure through the defiant acts of slandering the tyrant's allies and the physical act of biting off his ear or nose, or his own tounge. He does not simply die in this interaction, he takes some of the power with him.

Anaxarchus' death symbolizes the separation of the punishment of the body from the state of the mind, Anaxarchus' body is beaten and crushed with stones, but the story goes that the mind of the man is unhurt. This is conveyed through the narration of his last words "just pound the bag of Anaxarchus, you do not pound himself Another great act of defiance and nobility is his discourse on why the wise man should be unafraid of death. If the punishment for his crime is to be death, it is an insult to the authorities that he welcomes it.

He is cast in opposition to the powers of the time in his dramatic delivery of this information as his last speech while on trial for the crime which ultimately led to his death. The story of Apollonius displays a lack of regret for crimes as well.

The man has the opportunity to flee, but he chooses to face the tyrant, as he must not be considered a coward for running. He decides to confront his certain demise. His opposition is illustrated in much the same way as Socrates, though not directly to his persecutors. He is fairly unapologetic and faces death, as all the 'pagan' martyrs in these stories, with nobility, with his head held high.

My only problems with this section is that I found several of the stories too short to get any greatly distinguishing info out of so my analysis might be slightly repetitive, I fear. In every case the exemplar-figure of the brief account is shown by Seneca to face pain and death with a complete lack of fear and, in some cases, rather heroic stoicism. However, he mentions a bigger, more important struggle: one against pleasure.

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At first glance it seems quite similar to men facing their deaths: Iphigenia embraces the necessity of her sacrifice, resigned to die for what she perceives as the greater good. However, it differs from the idealised male deaths in two very key ways. This shows that Chrysostom thought that a man won over by pleasures had given up his masculinity and had been won over by a feminine characteristic. Any man not willing to do so deserves death and should be branded a traitor. This was especially important when their death was necessary in the form of a sacrifice.

According to Epictetus Socrates redeems himself by dying and not by running away. Plato also mentioned that the philosopher should welcome death, since through it one attains the greatest blessing Middleton, 8.

Kusozu: the death of a noble lady and the decay of her body.

Kusozu were created in the Buddhist tradition to meditate on the temporary nature of the physical world. The intention of these works of art was not to create fear or sadness. Rather the artists hoped that bringing attention to the way things change over time would allow people to live fully according to their own values and to die a good death when the time comes. The first painting shows a woman in a kimono. She is obviously very ill and holds a scroll in her left hand upon which she had written her poems of farewell.

In the second painting the woman has died, surrounded by her family. In the third painting, the body of the woman lies outside, covered by a blanket. She is still fairly intact, although there are early signs of decay. The ensuing paintings show more evidence of decomposition.

Meditating on the decay of the body is also practiced in the Mahayana tradition, not just exclusively by Theravada.


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Thanks, I enjoyed this! I like that this process was good enough for a noble lady, and I also wonder if there was anything different done for non-noble ladies. Reblogged this on Tiffany Sumner and commented: I, too, am obsessed with kusozu, Japanese watercolor paintings that graphically depict human decomposition. Dhammapada Verse Khematheri Vatthu.

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Look carefully at this decaying body which is built around a skeleton of bones and is subject to disease and decay. Look carefully at the body which is thought of so highly by the foolish. Look at the worthlessness of the beauty of this young girl. I had no idea something could be so beautiful and unsettling at the same time. Reblogged this on sideshowtog. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.


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