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Old Age
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A. Introduction

Old age as a phase of human life received great interest in antiquity, but opinions on it vary. Sources differ in the classification of the stages of life and, particularly the determination of the year of onset of old age: Solon, like Hippocrates and Aristotle after him, counted in hebdomads in his elegy to ages. In the ninth hebdomad, language and wisdom become weaker until one is overtaken…

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Deißmann-Merten, Marie-Luise (Freiburg), “Old Age”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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