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Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Old age; Old age -- Early works to 1800; Cicero, Marcus Tullius.
  • Cicero's place in history
  • On old age
  • A note on the translation
  • De senectute
  • Dedication to Titus Pomponius Atticus and a brief introduction
  • Scipio and Laelius persuade Cato to talk to them about old age
  • Character is more important than age
  • An example of excellent character : Quintus Fabius Maximus
  • Old age need not be anything to complain about
  • Everyone can be useful in old age, even though our roles will change
  • We need not lose our mental powers : the key to happiness is to keep working
  • We must look for new experiences and learn from other people
  • The loss of physical vigor need not be a matter for regret
  • Physical strength is not necessarily relevant to a productive life
  • As our strength fails, we must keep our minds alert
  • Sexual gratification is not what it is cracked up to be; it can even be damaging
  • Moderation is good : there's nothing wrong with good food and good conversation
  • Sex is not as exciting as intellectual activity
  • Farming is a wonderful occupation as we get older
  • Further pleasures of farm life
  • Age does not hold us back from a happy life on the farm; it brings moral authority
  • The authority that comes with old age
  • We do not know when death will come, so it is pointless to be afraid of it
  • Death comes when the time is right; we must recognize when we have had enough of life
  • The nature of the soul : evidence suggests that it is immortal
  • A Persian king talks of the immortality of the soul
  • The prospects for undying glory and for the reunion of souls in another place.
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