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Old Age in the Roman World: A Cultural and Social History (Tim G Parkin) Hardcover Book, (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004) 9780801871283
Old Age in the Roman World: A Cultural and Social History (Tim G Parkin) Hardcover Book, (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004) 9780801871283
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Title: Old Age in the Roman World: A Cultural and Social History

Author: Parkin, Tim G

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; Publication Date: 2004

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780801871283

Volumes: 1; Pages: 520

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In this highly original work, Tim Parkin considers the many issues related to aging and the aged in the classical Roman world. Drawing on both his expertise in demography and his knowledge of ancient history and literature, he coaxes new insights from a variety of sources, including legal documents on the "rules of age," representations of old age in classical literature, epigraphic evidence from tombstones, Greco-Roman medical texts, and papyri from Roman Egypt. Analyzing such diverse sources, he offers valuable new views of old age--not only of men in public life but of men and women in marriage, sexual relationships, and the family.Parkin detects a general lack of interest in old age per se in the early empire, which in itself may provide clues regarding the treatment of older people in the Roman world. Noting that privileges granted to the aged generally took the form of exemptions from duties rather than positive benefits, he argues that the elderly were granted no privileged status or ongoing social roles. At the same time they were both permitted--and expected--to continue to participate actively in society for as long as they were able. An innovative and ambitious work, Old Age in the Roman World paints a compelling, heretofore unseen picture of what it meant to grow old in antiquity. As a work of both social and cultural history, it broadens our knowledge of the ancient world and encourages us to reexamine our treatment of older people today.ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroductionI. UNCOVERING AGING ROMANSOneRoman Definitions and Statements of AgeTwoThe Demography of Old AgeThreeOld Age and the Romans: Images and AttitudesII. OLD AGE IN PUBLIC LIFEFourRules of Age in the Roman EmpireFiveRules of Age in Roman EgyptSixThe Realities of Rules of Age: Proofs of AgeIII. OLD AGE IN PRIVATE LIFESevenOld Age, Marriage, and SexualityEightAging and the Roman FamilyIV. PUTTING OLDER PEOPLE IN THEIR PLACENineThe Marginality of Old AgeFinal RemarksAppendix A TablesAppendix B FiguresAppendix C Some Stages of Old AgeAbbreviationsNotesBibliographyIndex
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