Classical Wisdom: On Old Age
‘If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.’ ~Cicero
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43BCE) distinguished lawyer, orator, politician and philosopher, wrote his evergreen essay ‘On Old Age’ at age 62 during the last year of his life. At its heart, the treatise addresses four universal objections to growing old that he imagines might be raised by those on the threshold of the latter half of life with its looming shadow of mortality and anxious over the prospect of finding a place wherein they might flourish in a culture seemingly obsessed with the futile pursuit of youth. A contemporary critic sums up its inherent wisdom and timeless practicality thusly, ‘The more people read Cicero, the better the world will be.’ Our common text will be ‘How to Grow Old: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers’ ISBN 978-0-691-16770-1. It contains both the English translation and the Latin original and is available from your favorite bookseller or Amazon in both Kindle and hardcover, new and used.
This course will be conducted virtually; registration is limited to 20 particpants.