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Old age
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1. Definition

The conceptual field of “age” or “old age” – in contrast to a historical age (Latin aetasaevum[3. 270] – had two meanings in the early modern period. As the opposite of “young” or “youth,” it meant the whole of adulthood, but it could also be restricted to a later phase of life, denoted unequivocally by the term old age (Latin senectus[3. 270]. Early modern German also spoke of Greisenalter (advanced old age) in contrast to Mannesalter or männliches Alte…

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Ehmer, Josef, “Old age”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021065>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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