Teodoro Gaza e il De senectute di Cicerone, «GIF» 20, , pp. Giovanni Salanitro. Uploaded by. Giovanni Salanitro. Download with Google. This webpage reproduces an English translation of the. Cato Maior De Senectute by. Cicero published in the Loeb Classical Library, The de Senectute is a practical, no‑nonsense little book that systematically tackles the question of our attitudes towards aging; and near the end.
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Sophocles composed tragedies to cicrone old age; and when, because of his absorption in literary work, he was thought to be neglecting his business affairs, his sons haled him into court in order to secure a verdict removing him from the control of his property on the ground of imbecility, under a law similar to ours, whereby it is customary iccerone restrain heads of families from wasting their estates.
The vine which droops by nature and falls to the ground unless it senectyte support, raises itself by its finger-like tendrils and enfolds in its embrace the props that hold it up; and as it turns and twists with many a varying course the skilful gardener with his pruning knife checks its growth lest it run to wood and spread too far.
All the plays of Terence and most of those of Plautus close with plaudite. Old men retain their mental faculties, provided their interest and application continue; and this is true, not only of men in exalted public station, but likewise of those in the quiet of private life.
An eis, quae iuventute geruntur et viribus? Sed tamen necesse fuit esse aliquid extremum et, tamquam in arborum bacis terraeque fructibus maturitate tempestiva quasi vietum et caducum, quod ferundum est molliter sapienti.
Because the fact that old age feels little longing for sensual pleasures not only is no cause for reproach, but rather is ground for the highest praise.
In fact, no lapse of time, however long, once it had slipped away, could solace or soothe a foolish old age. Nec ds corpori solum subveniendum est, sed menti atque animo multo magis; nam haec quoque, nisi tamquam lumini oleum instilles, exstinguuntur senectute.
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Nam si id culpa senectutis accideret, eadem mihi usu venirent reliquisque omnibus maioribus natu, quorum ego multorum cognovi senectutem sine querella, qui se et libidinum vinculis laxatos esse non moleste ferrent nec a suis despicerentur.
Habent enim rationem cum terra, quae numquam recusat imperium nec umquam sine usura reddit, quod accepit, sed alias minore, plerumque maiore cum faenore. Severitatem in senectute probo, sed eam, sicut alia, modicam, acerbitatem nullo modo. Ignoscetis autem; nam et studio rusticarum rerum provectus sum, et senectus est natura loquacior, ne ab omnibus eam vitiis videar vindicare.
If you use a digital signature, your signature must exactly match the First and Last names that you specified earlier in this form. For our fathers did well in calling the reclining of friends at feasts a conviviumbecause it implies a communion of life, which is a better designation than that of the Greeks, who call it sometimes a “drinking together” and sometimes an “eating together,” 40 thereby apparently exalting what is of least value in these associations above that which gives them their greatest charm.
This, in substance, is Plato’s teaching. Primum habui semper sodalis. Annos septuaginta natus tot enim vixit Ennius ita ferebat duo, quae maxima putantur onera, paupertatem et senectutem, ut eis paene delectari videretur. At multi ita sunt imbecilli senes, ut nullum offici aut omnino vitae munus exsequi possint.
Nullaene igitur res sunt seniles quae, vel infirmis corporibus, animo tamen administrentur? This notice and any attachments we receive will be forwarded to the alleged infringer, who will then have the opportunity to file a counter notification pursuant to Sections g 2 and 3 of the DMCA.
Sensi ego in optimo filio, tu in exspectatis ad amplissimam dignitatem fratribus, Scipio, mortem omni aetati esse communem. Finally, Cato expresses his devotion to the conception of the immortality of the soul as a prize reserved to those who they have ciceronw a virtuous life individually and for their native land Catobringing benefit to humanity, a clear allusion of Cicero’s ccerone the Somnium Scipionis.
Sic persuasi mihi, sic sentio, cum tanta celeritas animorum sit, tanta memoria praeteritorum futurorumque prudentia, tot artes, tantae scientiae, tot inventa, non posse eam naturam, quae res eas contineat, esse mortalem, cumque semper agitetur animus nec principium motus habeat, quia se ipse moveat, ne finem quidem habiturum esse motus, quia numquam se ipse sit relicturus; et, cum simplex animi esset natura, neque haberet in se quicquam admixtum dispar sui atque dissimile, non posse eum dividi; quod si non posset, non posse interire; magnoque esse argumento homines scire pleraque ante quam nati sint, quod iam pueri, cum artis difficilis discant, ita celeriter res innumerabilis arripiant, ut eas non tum primum accipere videantur, sed reminisci et recordari.
Ac morositas tamen et ea vitia, quae dixi, habent aliquid excusationis non illius quidem iustae, sed quae probari posse videatur; contemni se putant, despici, inludi; praeterea in fragili corpore odiosa omnis offensio est. And a strong argument that men’s ciferone of numerous things antedates their birth is the fact that mere children, in studying difficult subjects, so quickly lay hold upon innumerable things that they seem not to be then learning them for the first time, but to be recalling and remembering them.
Sua enim vitia insipientes et suam culpam in senectutem conferunt, quod non faciebat is, cuius modo mentionem feci, Ennius:.
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Just as Ambivius Turpio gives greater delight to the spectators in the ciccerone row at the theatre, and yet gives some delight even to those in the last row, so youth, looking on pleasures at closer range, perhaps enjoys them more, while old age, on the other hand, finds delight enough in a more distant view.
Quid est autem tam secundum naturam quam senibus emori?
Atilium, qui ad supplicium est profectus, ut fidem hosti datam conservaret, non duos Scipiones, qui iter Poenis vel corporibus suis obstruere voluerunt, non avum tuum L. What a multitude of things they remember! Potest igitur exercitatio et temperantia etiam in senectute conservare aliquid pristini roboris. Should a properly filed counter notification be filed, you will be notified and have 10 business days within which to file for a restraining order in Federal Court to prevent the reinstatement of the material.
Omnino, ut mihi quidem videtur, studiorum omnium satietas vitae facit satietatem. For example, there is a story that when an old man entered the theatre at Athens during the dramatic performances, not one of his countrymen in that vast crowd offered him a place; but when he came to the special seats occupied by the Lacedaemonians and assigned to them because they were ambassadors, all of them arose, it is said, and invited him to sit down.
Deservedly weighty, then, was his influence, since all men united in his praise.
Cicero on Old Age
A rebus gerendis senectus abstrahit. Let me now return to myself. Nam, dum sumus inclusi in his compagibus corporis, munere quodam necessitatis et gravi opere perfungimur; est enim animus caelestis ex altissimo domicilio depressus et quasi demersus in terram, locum divinae naturae aeternitatique contrarium.
Nullam capitaliorem pestem quam voluptatem corporis hominibus dicebat a natura datam, cuius voluptatis avidae libidines temere et ecfrenate ad potiendum incitarentur.
Sed de ceteris et diximus multa et saepe dicemus; hunc librum ad te de senectute misimus. Quid in levioribus studiis, sed tamen acutis?
If it shall appear that he argues more learnedly than he was accustomed to do in his own books, give the credit to Greek literature, of which, as is well known, he was very studious in his later years. Quod ex eo audientis M’. Sunt etiam eius aetatis; dee ea quidem quaeruntur in senectute. Please note that you will be liable for damages including costs and attorneys’ fees if you materially misrepresent that the material is infringing your copyright.
Sendctute, indeed, were it not true that the soul is immortal, it would not be the case that it is ever the souls of the best men that strive most for immortal glory.
Nec enim, dum eram vobiscum, animum meum videbatis, sed eum esse in hoc corpore ex eis rebus quas gerebam intellegebatis.
Just as waywardness and lust are more often found in the young man than in the old, yet not in all who are young, but only in those naturally base; so that senile debility, usually called “dotage,” is a characteristic, not of all old men, but only of those who are weak in mind and will. Quamquam quis est tam stultus, quamvis sit adulescens, cui sit exploratum se ad vesperum esse victurum?
Are there, then, no intellectual employments in which aged men may engage, even though their bodies are infirm? Quanta fuit in L. Maturity, too, has such as are not even sought in anyone, and finally, there are those suitable to old age. The dialogue is set in the house of M.