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Author(s): Saiko, Maren (Bochum)
[German version] (θόρυβος/ thórybos, ψόφος/ psóphos, ὄχλος/ óchlos; Latin strepitus, clamor). Nowadays humans and animals are exposed to the nuisance of noise everywhere. In Antiquity this was limited to centres of population concentration like Alexandria (Call. Hecale fr. 260,63-69) or Rome (Stat. Silv. 4,4,18: clamosa urbs, ‘the noisy capital city’). Information about this can really only be found in the Roman sources of the Imperial period. Especially in Rome in the 1st cents. BC and AD, i.e. in periods of relative prosperity, the most varied of everyday ac…


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Author(s): Binder, Gerhard (Bochum) | Saiko, Maren (Bochum)
[German version] A. General In contrast to modern ways of thinking and feeling, in ancient cultures there was a more marked tendency to distinguish between separate stages of a person's life (i.e. as a rule the life of a man); the number of such stages and their names, as well as their delimitation, differ widely in the sources. The designations given to people assigned to a particular stage of life are correspondingly vague and therefore often difficult to differentiate. Basically, two kinds of div…