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Pedro Olalla

De senectute politica

Letter to Cicero without Response

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Acantilado

May 2018

96 pages

Essay, Human Studies

Original Title: De senectute politica

“It is precisely this other consolation in the face of old age […] which moves me now […] to write you this long letter from Athens. […] You have made it clear in your work, when telling us that the difficulties of age do not derive so much from a person’s years as from character and outlook on life, and that ageing is, to a high degree, an ethical endeavour. And I would like us to reflect now on whether, depending on how our society is or is not organised and equipped to make this endeavour possible, ageing is a political matter”.
Old age has existed since humankind has existed but, by contrast with what happened in Cicero’s day, our societies are unable to contemplate old age without associating it with decrepitude. In this letter without a response, Pedro Olalla strikes up a lively conversation with a thinker of Antiquity who was as committed as he is to the destiny of his community and, with this, he demonstrates that the passing of time does not always mean falling into decline.

Praises

«De senectute politica is an appeal for humanising the economy which is all too often confused with mathematics».
Sergi Doria, ABC

«A moving, intelligent, necessary work in praise of old age. Olalla constantly reminds the reader of the enduring relevance of the works of the wise men of classical times».
La Verdad

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