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How to Grow Old

Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Philosophie

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Timeless wisdom on growing old gracefully from one of ancient Rome's greatest philosophers

Worried that old age will inevitably mean losing your libido, your health, and possibly your marbles too? Well, Cicero has some good news for you. In How to Grow Old, the great Roman orator and statesman eloquently describes how you can make the second half of life the best part of all—and why you might discover that reading and gardening are actually far more pleasurable than sex ever was.

Filled with timeless wisdom and practical guidance, Cicero's brief, charming classic—written in 44 BC and originally titled On Old Age—has delighted and inspired readers, from Saint Augustine to Thomas Jefferson, for more than two thousand years. Presented here in a lively new translation with an informative new introduction and the original Latin on facing pages, the book directly addresses the greatest fears of growing older and persuasively argues why these worries are greatly exaggerated—or altogether mistaken.

Montaigne said Cicero's book "gives one an appetite for growing old." The American founding father John Adams read it repeatedly in his later years. And today its lessons are more relevant than ever in a world obsessed with the futile pursuit of youth.

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Seleucid Empire, King of Rome, Cleanthes, 168 BC, Livius Andronicus, Marcus Porcius Cato (son of Cato the Younger), 209 BC, Lucius Junius Brutus, Military tribune, Roman consul, Battle of Pydna, Laertes, Cyrus the Younger, 509 BC, Flaccus, Tomb, Publius Cornelius Scipio, Miser, Sophocles, Seriousness, Thermopylae, Pelias, I Wish (manhwa), Gnaeus (praenomen), 216 BC, Titus Quinctius Flamininus, Hesiod, Oedipus at Colonus, Plautus, Sophist, Appius Claudius, Xenophon, Lucius Caecilius Metellus (consul 251 BC), Marcus Livius Salinator, Lucius Aemilius Paullus (consul 219 BC), 480 BC, 280 BC, Scipio Africanus, Augur, 380 BC, Playwright, Manius Curius Dentatus, 202 BC, Darius II, Spurius Maelius, Diogenes of Babylon, Cognomen, Gaius Flaminius, Works and Days, Gaius Fabricius Luscinus, Aequi, 148 BC, Cyrus the Great, Gaius Pontius, Rhetoric, Titus Pomponius Atticus, Quintus Fabius Maximus, Fabius Maximus, Democritus, Masinissa, Sabines, Philosopher, Greek literature, Themistocles, His Family, Scipio Aemilianus, Tiberius Coruncanius, Agriculture, The Persians, Appius Claudius Caecus, Battle of Zama, Self-control, Middle Ages, Writing, Battle of Cannae, Wise old man, Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, 295 BC, De Legibus, 5th century BC, Gaius Servilius Ahala, Middle age, Carthago delenda est, Roman dictator, Naevius, Marcus Atilius Regulus, Manure, Gorgias, Milo of Croton, Ancient Rome, Cethegus, Gaius Laelius, Third Punic War, Ennius, Cato the Elder, Terence, De re publica, Stesichorus, Enthusiasm, Isocrates