Cicero de Senectute/Synopsis

From Wikisource
Jump to navigation Jump to search
 

SYNOPSIS.

 
 
§1. Introduction, and dedication.
2. Old age a part of the order of nature.
3. Reasons why old age is complained of.
4. The old age of Quintus Fabius Maximus.
5. Examples of men who continued their labors in philosophy and literature to a late old age.—The specific charges brought against old age.
6. It is alleged that old age incapacitates men from the management of affairs. The contrary shown to be true.
7. Memory and the mental faculties are not necessarily impaired by age; but may be preserved in working order if kept in exercise. Proved by examples.
8. Old men need not be disagreeable to the young. Nor need they be unemployed and inert.
9. Failure of bodily strength in old age not to be regretted.
10. There is no need of full bodily strength, if there be an increase of wisdom.
11. Failure of strength and of mental vigor may be averted by a proper regimen of body and mind.
12. It is complained that old age renders one less susceptible of sensual pleasure; but this is to be regarded as an advantage and a benefit.
13. Moderate and sober conviviality may be still enjoyed by those advanced in years. Cato's own example.
14. Examples of old men who have continued to find delight in learning, literary labor, or public service.
15. The pleasures of agriculture.
16. Examples of honored and happy old age in rural life. Comforts belonging to life on a farm.
17. The horticulture of Cyrus the younger.
18. Honorable old age must be provided for by a virtuous youth.
19. Death not to be feared.
20. Death easier and less repugnant to nature in old age than in youth.
21. Reasons for believing the soul to be immortal.
22. The last words of Cyrus the elder, as reported by Xenophon.
23. Immortality anticipated with longing.