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Hannibal and predicament suicide


Pridmore, S and Naguy, A and Pridmore, W, Hannibal and predicament suicide, Dynamics of Human Health, 9, (1) Article 2751. ISSN 2382-1019 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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Objective: We learnt Hannibal, the famous military commander, died by suicide, and set out to examine his life and the circumstances of his death, with a view to better understanding this event and determining whether it fitted a particular category of suicidal behaviour.

Conclusion: Hannibal is ranked with Napoleon and Alexander the Great in military skill and achievement. After his formal military service he served as the Chief Magistrate of Carthage. In the last years of his life, he was three times betrayed to his enemies (Romans) and on the last occasion, escape was impossible. There is no evidence Hannibal suffered a mental disorder. His death fits the category of ‘predicament suicide’ – suicide arising in the absence of mental disorder from set of distressing circumstances, from which escape is otherwise impossible.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, major depressive disorder
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Clinical psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:150824
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2022-07-01
Last Modified:2022-07-01

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