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Art and Images in Psychiatry
April 2008

The Suicide of Lucretia

Author Affiliations

James C.HarrisMD

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2008;65(4):374-375. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.65.4.374

Though I absolve myself of wrongdoing, I do not exempt myself from punishment. Nor henceforth shall any unchaste woman continue to live by citing the precedent of Lucretia.—Livy, History of Rome1(p81)

Poor hand, why quiver’st thou at this decree?/Honor thyself to rid me of this shame;/For if I die, my honor lives in thee;/But if I live, thou livest in my defame.—Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece2(p28)

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