The Classical World Volume 7

The Classical World Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...In the ninth, he has still some powers left, but in eloquence and wisdom he is no longer capable of great efforts. And now. says Solon, let him who shall attain the tenth septenary look for a not untimely death. Thus, with the Psalmist, Solon agreed in limiting the days of a man's life to three-score years and ten. The first instance of the division of life into seven ages is that of Hippocrates, and is to this effect: In the nature of man there are seven periods which are called ages; the infant. the boy, the youth, the young man, the man, the elderly man, the aged man. Man is an infant until the age of seven, a boy until fourteen, a youth until thrice seven, a young man to four sevens, a man until forty-nine, an elderly man to fifty-six. Vhatever is beyond this belongs to old age. Aristotle, in his Rhetoric 2.12-I5, also divides man's life into periods, but he gives only three--youth, the prime of life, and old age; he fixes no limits for these. Proclus is said to have divided the journey from the cradle to the grave into seven stages over each of which one of the seven planets was supposed to rule (see his Commentaries on Alcibiades, 3.39). The first division of life which was made by the Romans was for military purposes and is recorded in Aulus Gellius (10.28) as follows: In his history Tubero tells us that when Servius Tullius reorganized the army he divided the R0man people into five classes for the purpose of making a levy of troops. All who were less than seventeen years old he considered /vuvri. Of these no military service was exacted. Those between seventeen and forty-six he called iuniores, and they were drafted for service in the field. Those older than forty-six were considered seniors: and were expected to perform more

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