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Forum LockedRight to Die and Euthanasia under Greco Roman tradition

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    Posted: 31-Mar-2006 at 13:57

Very recently within the US we have had a very intensive debate on the subject of "Right to Die," whether individuals, or legal guardians, may refuse treatment or even engage in voluntary Euthanasia with the terminally ill.  Now as many of you know American Jurisprudence has very deep roots stretching back to the era of the Republic and Classical Hellas, in Roe v. Wade the Court opinion was based in part on the traditions of Classical Greece and Rome.  What I was wondering is what was the perspective on Euthanasia and Right to Die within the Greco Roman tradition?  Furthermore what influence should these perspectives and traditions bear in mordern day legality?


I won't lie, I am working on an idependent study and the motivation for this post is largely on the source material some of you might provide. 

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