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By Cynthia Skenazi

ISBN-10: 9004254668

ISBN-13: 9789004254664

In Aging Gracefully within the Renaissance: tales of Later existence from Petrarch to Montaigne Cynthia Skenazi explores a shift in attitudes in the direction of getting older and offers a ancient point of view on a vital challenge of our time. From the overdue fourteenth to the top of the 16th centuries, the aged topic grew to become some extent of latest social, clinical, political, and literary recognition on each side of the Alps. A move of secularization tended to dissociate previous age from the Christian practise for demise, re-orienting the concept that of getting older round pragmatic issues similar to well-being care, intergenerational relationships, and collected insights one may possibly desire to cross alongside. Such alterations have been followed by way of a growing number of own money owed of later lifestyles. indexed by way of Choice magazine as one of many remarkable educational Titles of 2014 This name is offered on-line in its entirety in Open Access

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Moreover, they are decrepit, because “they can neither move nor make any creaking (crepitum)” (I, pp. 31–32). He carefully lists the physical weaknesses associated to decrepitude: the teeth fall, the vision dims, hearing becomes bad, and the taste dulls; the skin wrinkles, and movements are more difficult. The greatest of all these woes is senile dementia (I, p. 31). Throughout the treatise, empirical observations complement standard Hippocratic-Galenic principles. There are, for instance, early signs of longevity: a young man in good physical condition, and not overweight, has a good chance of living a long life.

The pasha’s sons stopped Zerbi at the Dalmatian border, robbed the two travelers, and sawed them. Although it is difficult today to assess the impact of health treatises on Renaissance people’s daily regimens, the popularity of these works confirms a broad interest in the care of the self. 41 41 Ficino, De Vita, p. 3. ”42 Foucault’s characterization of the care of the self in Hellenistic and Roman texts corresponds to Zerbi’s discussion of old age: Gerontocomia’s health regimen is a matter of exercise and continuous vigilance that closely links the ethical question of how an aging man should behave to the medical question of what old age truly is.

Clark (Binghamton: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1989). All further references are to this edi­ tion and are incorporated into the text. The Roman number indicates the book number, the second number refers to the chapter number, and the third one to the page number. a sound mind in a healthy body 29 liberal professions—and provide their learned but somehow uninformed audience with accessible explanations of medical notions. Obviously, their readers had the financial means and the leisure to take care of their health, yet neither Ficino nor Zerbi had any desire to impart their instructions to “lazy and indolent” people.

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