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p. 62. Portraying martyrdomlocked

  • Jolyon Mitchell

Abstract

There are lively debates as to the origins, evolution, and contemporary representations of martyrdom. Fashions change, and so does the way in which martyrdoms are depicted by filmakers, artists, and writers. Some of these are realistic, others romantic or impressionistic. ‘Portraying martyrdom’ looks at the different ways that martyrdom has been portrayed throughout history and across different media. Several depictions stand out, such as Jacques-Louis David's Death of Socrates and Plato's account in his Apology. Some view Socrates' death as suicide and others as martyrdom. Also there is Gustav Dor๙'s Martyrdom of Eleazer the Scribe, which shows a very early account of martyrdom found in 2 and 4 Macabees.

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