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Memento Mori: What the Romans Can Tell Us About Old Age and Death
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Peter Jones
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Memento Mori: What the Romans Can Tell Us About Old Age and Death

Peter Jones


Atlantic Books

Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500;
Psychology of ageing


224 pages

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Romans inhabited a world where man, knowing nothing about hygiene let alone disease, had no defences against nature. Death was everywhere. Half of all Roman children were dead by the age of five. Only eight per cent of the population made it over sixty. One bizarre result was that half the population consisted of teenagers.

From the elites' philosophical take on the brevity of life to the epitaphs left by butchers, bakers and buffoons, Memento Mori ('Remember you are mortal') shows how the Romans faced up to this world and attempted to take the sting out of death.

By:   Peter Jones
Imprint:   Atlantic Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 225mm,  Width: 145mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   405g
ISBN:   9781786494801
ISBN 10:   1786494809
Series:   Classic Civilisations
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   November 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Peter Jones was educated at Cambridge University and taught Classics at Cambridge and at Newcastle University, before retiring in 1997. He has written a regular column, 'Ancient & Modern', in the Spectator for many years and is the author of various books on the Classics, including the bestselling Learn Latin and Learn Ancient Greek, as well as Reading Virgil's Aeneid I and II, Vote for Caesar, Veni, Vidi, Vici, Eureka! and Quid Pro Quo.

Fascinating... It is learned but an easy read, a rare combination. -- Christopher Howse * Daily Telegraph *

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