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Tacitus describes the death of Seneca

"Seneca embraced his wife and gently begged her to live and temper her grief. But she chose to die with him. With a single stroke of the blade they sliced their arms. Seneca, hardened by frugal living, did not bleed easily. He cut the veins of his knees and thighs. But still he did not die. He asked his doctor to dispense some poison Hemlock. He drank it in vain. Finally, he was carried into the baths, where he suffocated in vapor."
(Tacitus, Annales xv.63-64)

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