apparently heard on the NHPR that it has been recentely discovered that there is a city in Kazakhstan that at one time died of depression/faithlessness.
other people moved in and built over it...
if someone could find more I'd like to know.
Basically according to the writings they found some greek philosopher came to the small city and convinced them that their gods, and all gods, were false. It is believed the man was a Nihilist or Cynic.
Greeks didn't take these schools dead serious and citystates often threw them out if they became a problem. these guys took him 100% serious.
Over the next year the city lost somewhere around 80-90% of it's population according to the documents. Suicides, depression, animals dying because the farmers and herdsmen stopped taking care of them, and things like that. People even stopped having sex according to the monk keeping this old scroll.
>-> dat is seriously fucked up, an ancient city dies of mass depression. Even time has exaggerated the number the concept is kinda scary.
FYI: Nihilists were a group of philosophers who believed nothing mattered, and nothing will ever matter, screaming it at people in market squares would often get them thrown out. The Cynics were their less extreme decedent philosophy that said, people are naturally immoral.