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History of Old Age

Minois, Georges

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ISBN 10: 0745605494 / ISBN 13: 9780745605494
Verlag: Polity Press, Cambridge, 1989
Gebraucht Zustand: Good Hardcover
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Hardcover. Dust jacket is a little edge-worn and has a few minor scores. Small mark left by removed label on rear jacket. Jacket spine ends are a little worn and creased. Minor wear on jacket leading corners. Hardcover spine ends are bumped. Tanned page block and pages. Contents are sound and clear. AF. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 442401

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This book is the first major study of the ways in which old age was perceived in Western culture and society. Beginning from ancient Palestine and Classical Greece, Minois traces the changing conceptions of the nature, value and burden of the old.

He shows how, in ancient Greece, the cult of youth and beauty, on the one hand, and the reverence for the figure of the Homeric sage, on the other, created an ambivalent attitude towards the aged. This ambiquity appears again in the contrast between the active role that senior citizens played in Roman politics, and their depiction in satirical literature of the period. Christian literature in the Middle Ages also played a large part in defining the society s perception of the old, both in the image of the revered holy sage and in the total condemnation of the aged sinner.

Minois traces the increasingly positive image of old age in various professions from the eleventh to the sixteenth centuries. He shows how, as medical advances lengthened the average life span, more and more old people were seen to take an active part in the life of the society. Throughout, Minois considers the interrelation of literary, religious, medical and political factors in the social fate of old men and women and their relationship with the rest of society.

Rezension: ?detailed and enlightening? The Guardian

?The scope of George Minois? study is deep ... a rich mixture of sources.? Sixteenth Century Journal

?Georges Minois ... has created an enthralling cavern of treasures about old age ... marvels of knowledge and insight.? Age and Ageing

?Not only does his [Minois?] analysis roundly disprove the doubters, it presents us with a wholly novel challenge to rethink our own perceptions.? Journal of Historical Geography

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Titel: History of Old Age

Verlag: Polity Press, Cambridge

Erscheinungsdatum: 1989

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand: Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good

Art des Buches: Used

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