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History is Littered With Heroic and Great Deaths

History is Littered With Heroic and Great Deaths

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Published by: CA Vaibhav Maheshwari on Jun 06, 2009
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History is littered with heroic and great deaths - most of which we are all familiar with. But in the darkrecesses of the past, there are a number of very embarrassing or unfortunate deaths. Deaths that theirvictim would prefer us not to know about. This list is all about throwing the light on these poor people whohave the misfortune of being remembered partly for a shameful end. This list is in chronological order.
1.Empedocles
Manner of death: Threw himself into a volcano to become immortalEmpedocles was a Greek philosopher who is probably best remembered for his classical theory of the fourelements. He was the last Greek philosopher to write his theories down in verse form. Legend has it thatEmpedocles threw himself into the active volcano Mount Etna in Sicily in order to fool his followers intobelieving that his body had vanished and that he would return as a god. Unfortunately for Empedocles, oneof his sandals survived the fury of the volcano and it was discovered by his followers - revealing theirleader’s deceit.
 
2.Pyrrhus
Manner of death: Killed when he was stunned by a tile thrown by an old ladyPyrrhus of Epirus was one of the greatest conquerors - his heavy losses in one campaign has led to the term “pyrrhic victory” being coined in his honor. Pyrrhus was such a great warrior that a Spartan royal(Cleonymus) asked him to defeat Sparta and put him on the throne. Pyrrhus was defeated - havingunderestimated the strength of the Spartan warriors, so he moved on to his next campaign in Argos. As heentered the city through the narrow streets on the back of an elephant, an old woman (unhappy with theconflict) threw a roof tile at him from her balcony.
 
3.Eleazar Maccabeus
Manner of death: Killed by the elephant he killedEleazar Maccabeus’ death is told in the Old Testament book of “I Maccabees”. During the Battle of Beth-zechariah, Eleazar thought he saw the enemy King Antiochus V riding an elephant near by. Thinking hewould perform a heroic act by killing the elephant and king, Eleazar jumped under the elephant and stabbedit in the stomach with his spear. The dead elephant fell right on top of Eleazar killing him instantly. To addinsult to injury, it was not even the King’s elephant.

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