The Ancient Art of Growing Old

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Bette Davis said ‘Old age ain’t no place for sissies’. If that’s true, we could all use a little help as we approach our twilight years.

Translator Tom Payne turns to Cicero, Ovid, Seneca, Hippocrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Aristophanes to learn what the wisest minds of antiquity could tell us about the pleasures and pains of old age. His discoveries are not always palatable (old age is an incurable disease) or inspiring (you’ll live longer if you don’t go to dinner parties), but in the surviving works of the classical world there is also comforting, invigorating and poignant counsel on mental decline, medicine, late love affairs, death and legacy.

Presented in a modern, accessible and playful tone, this lively tour around ancient attitudes to ageing, supplemented by a translation of Cicero’s On Old Age, reveals the true art of growing old gracefully.

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"Payne teases out advice on mental decline, medicine, late love affairs, death and legacy from the classical world and presents it in a witty and readable way" (Antonia Charlesworth Big Issue)

"A meditative celebration and self-help book. It would make a wonderful gift for anyone hurtling, like me, towards 60" (Sara Wheeler Observer)

"As Britain gets ever greyer, this is not merely a witty and panoramic survey of old age in the classical world, but a timely one. The wisdom of the ancients indeed" (TOM HOLLAND)

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An original, accessible exploration of Greek and Latin wisdom on age and ageing

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