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Cato Maior de Senectute ❴Download❵ ➾ Cato Maior de Senectute Author Marcus Tullius Cicero – Worried that old age will inevitably mean losing your libido your health and possibly your marbles too Well Cicero has some good news for you In How to Grow Old the great Roman orator and statesman el Worried that old age will inevitably mean losing your libido your health and possibly your marbles too Well Cicero has some good news for you In How to Grow Old the great Roman orator and statesman elouently describes how you can make the second half of life the best part of all and why you might discover that reading and Cato Maior PDF or gardening are actually far pleasurable than sex ever wasFilled with timeless wisdom and practical guidance Cicero's brief charming classic—written in BC and originally titled On Old Age—has delighted and inspired readers from Saint Augustine to Thomas Jefferson for than two thousand years Presented here in a lively new translation with an informative new introduction and the original Latin on facing pages the book directly addresses the greatest fears of growing older and persuasively argues why these worries are greatly exaggerated or altogether mistakenMontaigne said Cicero's book gives one an appetite for growing old The American founding father John Adams read it repeatedly in his later years And today its lessons are relevant than ever in a world obsessed with the futile pursuit of youth.

10 thoughts on “Cato Maior de Senectute

  1. Manuel Antão Manuel Antão says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewThe Roman Way How to Grow Old Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life by Marcus Tullius CiceroCicero was full of shitThough I did some Classics in the 80s I barely read any Cicero This was out of personal indolence not the fault of my courses He is one of the people from the Graeco Roman world I really would like to read a bit of than I did back then probably in translation on a long National Express coach journey or something The impression I retain of Cicero is attractive someone vain voluble companionable and crucially warm; somewhat larger than life volcanic by temperament capable of being uite formidable I think he was like some figures in the performing arts up and down my lifetime certain directors I can't even name names right now rather than politicians I can think of who are active now I'm sure I've met something of him in a number of people I dare say the bar still accommodates people with his talents and personality and virtues I have just known very few people who work there

  2. Amanda Patchin Amanda Patchin says:

    Brief but lovely In a nutshell? Make peace with aging's changes but do not attribute to age that which is the fault of your character

  3. Jordan Jordan says:

    Addendum First read in March 2017 Reread in April 2020 Even better the second time around Posted a slightly emended version of this review at my blogLate last year I found grey in the stubble on my chin This year I've started sprouting grey hairs at my temples Time and age catch up to us all and for modern people—to judge by a perennially fruitful field of advertising—the discovery of grey hair or crow's feet or a newly creaky joint marks the beginning of a crisis The same was apparently true in the ancient world judging by the forceful arguments against bemoaning old age in Cicero's De Senectute loosely rendered here as How to Grow Old Cicero wrote On Old Age in early 44 BC as he entered his 60s One would imagine Cicero had to worry about than growing old—in the twenty years since saving the Republic from the Catiline conspiracy he had found himself marginalized and finally ousted from the Roman political scene His friends or allies in the Civil War fell one by one as Caesar whom he steadfastly opposed carried all before him in the Civil War Finally his beloved daughter Tullia had died the year before Cicero devoted this time to philosophical reflection completing this book—one in a rapidly appearing series of works—just before Caesar's assassination which began a fresh round of strife that resulted in Cicero's murder Cicero set his dialogue in the illustrious past before present troubles which still intruded most notably in his choice of speaker Cato the Elder the revered great grandfather of Cicero's sometime political ally Cato who disemboweled himself in Utica in 46 BC rather than be captured forgiven and used as a human prop for Caesar's propaganda purposes The elder Cato had fought in the Second Punic War alongside Scipio Africanus—whose adopted grandson is one of Cato's young conversation mates in the dialogue—and lived well into his eighties He lived on as a Roman ideal to than just his great grandson and Cicero here makes him a spokesman for wise and dignified old ageMuch of Cato's advice rotates around the Stoic poles of Nature and Reason already giving this book a significant edge over most current self help advice on growing older The right use of Reason Nature's great gift to man brings man into alignment with Nature and enables a life of virtue This seemingly abstract idea helps make sense of much of the misery that the ageing experience and points to the real truth about the challenge of growing older it all comes back to characterCato tackles four major objections to ageing the denial of an active life both physical and mental the weakening of the body the deprivation of sensual pleasure especially sex and the big one the ever nearing threat of death The answers to these objections stem from a deeply wise observation—ageing well begins in youth A once athletic man who mourns himself as dead when he loses the spryness of youth has had his priorities wrong from the beginning A person mourning the inability to fulfill all their appetites never really knew what those appetites were for and allowed them to master him And people who fear death will never really be happy in any age because death can come at any time—it is simply harder to ignore in old age Since death threatens us at every hour Cato asks how can anyone who is afraid of it have a steadfast soul?Cicero sprinkles imagery from nature by way of Nature liberally particularly of the seasons Granted that a person has lived virtuously as a youth and can approach ageing properly he will see that old age is simply another season a season with pleasures duties and honors of its own Cicero may not use these words but a lifestyle appropriate to or befitting old age—Reason corresponding to Nature—is key If weakness of the body is appropriate to old age so is the wisdom of accumulated years The fretful elderly who keep Viagra in business are in Cicero's mind still mastered by an appetite appropriate to an earlier season and create their own misery by their unwillingness to appreciate old age on its own terms Old age's honors include respect and wisdom time for simply pleasurable work for Cato farming and learning Greek study thought and conversation and some much appreciated stability after the stormy passions of youth Of course respect is not guaranteed—one thinks of the way the elderly are shunted to the side as uickly and efficiently as possible in our world—but a life well lived is its own reward and will result in a person calm and content in the face of death The approach of death—which is one of the things appropriate to old age like the fall of ripe fruit from a tree—does not rob old age of its value but rather gives it value by focusing one's priorities Lust and greed should fall away What could be ridiculous than for a traveler to add to his baggage at the end of a journey? in favor of reflection on past blessings I was reminded of his assertion in an old legal case that gratitude is not only the greatest but is also the parent of all the other virtues Cato concludes his arguments with a really interesting and moving discourse on his belief in eternal lifeI wasn't really bothered to find grey hair on my head—on the contrary I think it's really interesting to watch it spread—but a lot of people are and as our culture values youth and vitality to an idolatrous extent On Old Age is a refreshing celebration of age Philip Freeman's translation of De Senectute is free and brisk a delight to read as I'm sure Cicero's original which is presented on the facing page for one to pick through and compare is in the Latin His introduction is short and offers a simple breakdown of the main benefits of ageing Cato extols in the body of the dialogue A few pages of succinct helpful endnotes identify people or explain allusions within the dialogue Highly recommended

  4. Raimondo Lagioia Raimondo Lagioia says:

    This is an admirable treatise on the art of aging well You don't have to be getting on in years to glean some wisdom from this After all we should start preparing for the winter of our lives while we are still young developing the internal ualities like moderation discretion fortitude etc and learning from the experiences that will later serve us in good stead As Cicero wrote Wrinkles and gray hair cannot suddenly demand respect Only when the earlier years of life have been well spent does old age at last gather the fruits of admiration The book teaches us that old age is not synonymous to weakness or passivity In the same way that judicious exercise and diet arrest the body's slide into decrepitude so shall constant mental stimulation preserve our cerebral faculties It's also the best time to attend to our deepest passions When lived correctly one's golden years can be wonderfully productive or sweetly serene nothing wrong with that I honestly don't have the maturity yet to look forward to it but at least this book banished the vague horrors one usually associates with it I appreciate the generous notes I didn't know that the term Senate or Senatus meant an assembly of leading senes or elders in Latin The editor also doesn't shy from pointing out factual mistakes or inaccuracies on Cicero's part The only criticism I have here is that it only skims the surface of the very real negative concerns that beset old age since it focuses overwhelmingly on the advantages Do you have a late onset disease that so ravaged your bodyintellect that you can't even perform at par with your peers? Just gotta tough it out bud That's stoicism for you In any case it's the first book from antiuity that I read from start to finish Admittedly this is partially due to its brevity but really if it's something this good and useful even if it's ten times as long I still would have devoured it If this is any indication of how ancient classics are like I'd definitely be stocking up on And yes this is literally a classic written millenia ago and yet still very much relevant To sum it up misery existential or otherwise is not a function of age but of character As the author wrote Those who lack within themselves the means for living a blessed and happy life will find any age painful But for those who seek good things within themselves nothing imposed on them by nature will seem troublesome 8510; 4 stars

  5. Jon Jon says:

    Rather poorly titled but it fits in with the other titles in this Princeton University Press series mostly translations of Seneca and Cicero How to be a Friend; How to be Free; How to Die; How to Keep Your Cool etc This one is handier than the other I read How to Die in that the Latin and English are on facing pages Unlike that book this one is not a selection it's a straight up translation of Cicero's De Senectute written near the end of his life and a very accurate and lively translation it is The book itself is much better now than it was 40 some years ago when I was in graduate school Cicero or his speaker in this dialogue the elder Cato deals with the four main reasons people think old age is miserable because it takes away an active life because it weakens the body because it deprives one of almost all sensual pleasures and because it is not far from death He of course draws many examples from Greek and Roman history to illustrate his points Those points vary in how convincing they are Some uotes that jumped out at me Some people will say that memory fades away as the years pass Of course it does of you don't exercise it or aren't very bright to begin with Old people remember what interests them Some will say old people are morose anxious ill tempered hard to please and miserly But these are faults of character not of age They were probably like that when they were younger too Old people already have what young people can only hope for a long life And so on With a very good introduction

  6. Lauren Lauren says:

    I continue to enjoy this series from Princeton Press although I did find this one repetitive The introduction covered most of the key parts from Cicero’s essay which does a nice job of rebutting many commonly held fallacies about old age All the same this one’s as worth a read at eighteen as at eighty Recommended

  7. JZ JZ says:

    A reminder that the Greeks and Romans had it all figured out over 2300 years ago There's nothing new under the sun other than technology it seems Food Friends and Fun are still the best

  8. Sean Blevins Sean Blevins says:

    Essential readingA good old age begins in youth Cicero instructs us The cultivation of reason wisdom and judgment begun years before bear their fruit in old age and allow for new joys and pleasures proper and limited to the final years of lifeCicero argues that the four reasons one may fear old age the limiting of opportunities the dissipation of powers the diminishment of sensual pleasures and the nearness of death are all founded on misapprehensionIt's true that grey hairs don't necessarily bring discernment Old fools may exist in the same proportion to young ones simply because the causes for foolishness are the same and are only counteracted by deliberate effort; if one fails to acuire ennobling ualities in one's youth there is no reason to believe that age will spontaneously bestow them On the other hand if one spends the first half of life cultivating ualities that dignify and elevate one has reason to hope that he may spend the second half enjoying those fruits in dignity and a high stateAnd while the pleasures of old age differ from the pleasures of youth this is not a fact to lament any than the fact that the pleasures of youth differ from the pleasures of early childhood Each age each season has pleasures and joys proper to itCicero's work is short and the translation is easy to read His advice is sound and practical I agree with him that a good old age begins in youth but I would suggest that it may also be said to begin with an attentive reading of this little essay

  9. Skye Skye says:

    I've read a lot of Cicero as a Latin teacher and student and I have to say this little book blew me away It's so relevant so interesting and deeply gentle in guiding the reader to make peace with old age It's one that definitely is still meaningful today and is looking pretty good for its 2000 years

  10. Vincent Li Vincent Li says:

    I really enjoy these little translations The language is collouial but communicates its ideas well to the extent that the advice seems wise and worth knowing I can't speak for fidelity in translation This small treatise is on growing old Through the dramatic face of Cato the Elder Cicero speaks about how old age can be a blessing According to Cicero living well in old age is a result of good habit and virtue developed in one's youth Cicero writes about how while our bodies may grow frail age can make men wise and old men can always enjoy the fruits of the mind While old men might not be able to perform the same physical feats as they did in their youth they have experience to share with the young Cicero writes about how the diminishment of lust is actually a good thing how many terrible conflicts have been started over lust? Cicero also writes that death is nothing to be feared either there is an immortal soul as Cicero prefers to believe in the tradition of his ancestors or there is nothing and nothing to be afraid of Cicero says that while he is alive the thought of an immortal soul makes him happy regardless The book also has a humorous part Cato the Elder goes on a somewhat long rant about the great virtues of farming which is a gentle satire of the elderly going on tangential rants The work overall somehow manages to be wise comforting and even bring a smile once in a while

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