Introduction: Abortion was generally known and widespread among ancient people, as well as in ancient Greece. Purpose: Delve into the beliefs of ancient individuals, and especially the Greeks regarding the practice of abortion. Materials and Methods: A thorough academic and scientific research of writers of Ancient Greece and related studies and articles was conducted. Results: In the chapter, details of the concepts of ancient people (Chinese, Egyptians Hebrews, Greeks and Romans) about abortion are given. According to their beliefs, some ancient people supported the abortion while others did not. On the other hand, ethical and legal issues related to abortion, of that time, are presented. It appears that law and religion allowed the physician to do whatever he considered the best practice. Conclusions: In ancient times, as well as in ancient Greece, abortion was well known. The causes of abortion differed along with individuals who either applied or recommended its application.
Kourkouta Lambrini Department of Nursing, International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki, Greece
General Hospital Papanikolaou of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Greece and European University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
Private Therapeutic Center of Thessaloniki, Greece.
General University Hospital of Alexandroupoli, Alexandroupoli, Greece.
Department of History/Archaeology, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece.