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An original, accessible exploration of Greek and Latin wisdom on age and ageing

Bette Davis said ‘Old age ain’t no place for sissies’. If that’s true, we could all use a little help as we approach our twilight years. Translator Tom Payne turns to Ovid, Seneca, Hippocrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Aristophanes to discover invigorating counsel on mental decline, medicine, late love affairs, death and legacy. This lively tour of ancient attitudes to ageing, supplemented by a translation of Cicero’s ‘On Old Age’, reveals the true art of growing old gracefully.


Payne teases out advice on mental decline, medicine, late love affairs, death and legacy from the classical world and presents it in a witty and readable way

Antonia Charlesworth, Big Issue

A meditative celebration and self-help book. It would make a wonderful gift for anyone hurtling, like me, towards 60

Sara Wheeler, Observer

A humorous guide to classical authors’ advice on the downhill catwalk of age

Sara Wheeler, Observer

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  • Paperback


    April 18, 2016

    Vintage Classics

    208 pages

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    March 5, 2015

    Vintage Digital

    208 pages

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