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  1. How to Grow Old: Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life
    How to Grow Old: Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life
    How to Grow Old: Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life
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  2. How to Grow Old: Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life

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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 eloquently describes how you can make the second half of life the best part of all--and why you might discover that reading and gardening are actually far more pleasurable than sex ever was.

Filled with timeless wisdom and practical guidance, Cicero's brief, charming classic--written in 44 BC and originally titled On Old Age--has delighted and inspired readers, from Saint Augustine to Thomas Jefferson, for more 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 mistaken.

Montaigne 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 more relevant than ever in a world obsessed with the futile pursuit of youth.

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Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Princeton University Press
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Princeton University Press
Princeton University Press
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Interesting. Actually a fairly short read (I normally read at night before bed and finished this in one sitting so one can easily reread this), my wife bought this for me after we read a review in the WSJ. It contains the Latin text first and then the English Translation. Overall given the reviews I was underwhelmed (not that anything Cicero said was offensive or bad just very ordinary). While certainly worth reading you might be better off using the library on this one. I read the kindle version and it was fine, no technical issues. One final sidelight, Cicero talks about a lot of Roman historical figures (some relatively minor) and their actions about 200 to 250 years in the past (from his writing). I wonder how many of today's college graduates would know of even the major characters from US history in the time of say the French and Indian War through the War of 1812, perhaps most and I have a bad sample
He died thousands of years before these books came out. But, the fact that we have thousands of years being reminded about the basic sameness of the human condition, soul and experience is well worth remembering. Cicero's thoughts are an eternal part of us and have certainly been known for as long as we have human. Reading Cicero should remind us that we are all human and have been struggling with the vicissitudes of life for as long as humanity has existed and will continue that struggle until humanity no longer exists.
The introduction by the author begins, "Forty-five BC was a bad year for Marcus Tullius Cicero." He goes on to briefly reference the times and circumstances of the text. This book is a quick and easy read....a translation from Cicero's works in Latin. Somewhat repetitive, but interpreted as written. It's insightful and helps give perspective to the aging process and its benefits with both depth and humor, and definitely with experience. Worthy advice from nearly two millennia ago.
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