Experiencing Old Age in Ancient Rome
Karen CokayneISBN: 0415299144;
Book DescriptionOld age today can be seen as a demographic timebomb or as a resource of wisdom and experience to be valued and exploited. With a unique emphasis on both the individual and society's responses, Karen Cokayne explores how ancient Rome dealtwith the physical, intellectual and emotional implications of the ageing process, and asks how the Romans themselves experienced and responded to old age. Drawing on a wide range of contemporary material - written sources, inscriptions, and visual evidence - the study brings into focus universal concerns, including geriatric illness, memory loss and senility; the status and role of the old, sexuality and family relationships.