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Memento mori : what the Romans can tell us about old age and death

Author: P V Jones
Publisher: London : Atlantic Books, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this revealing and entertaining guide to how the Romans confronted their own mortality, Peter Jones shows us that all the problems associated with old age and death that so transfix us today were already dealt with by our ancient ancestors two thousand years ago. Romans inhabited a world where man, knowing nothing about hygiene let alone disease, had no defences against nature. Death was everywhere. Half of all  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: P V Jones
ISBN: 9781786494801 1786494809 9781786494825 1786494825
OCLC Number: 1061313228
Description: 212 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Lifespan --
Young versus old: a brief digression --
The death of children --
The trials of old age --
Facing up to death --
Exemplary and ignominious deaths --
Cicero's De Senectute: 'On old age' --
Death and burial --
Epitaphs and the afterlife --
Epilogue: Memento mori.
Responsibility: Peter Jones.

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A revealing and entertaining guide to how the Romans confronted their own mortality and the problems of old age, from the author of Veni, Vidi, Vici.  Read more...

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An enjoyable, engaging and educational book that makes ancient attitudes on mortality accessible to us all. * Lucia Marchini, Minerva * An often amusing, always illuminating, guide which offers an Read more...

 
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