Memento Mori: What the Romans Can Tell Us About Old Age and Death by Peter Jones


Romans inhabited a world where man, knowing nothing about hygiene let alone disease, had no defences against nature. Death was everywhere. Half of all Roman children were dead by the age of five. Only eight per cent of the population made it over sixty. One bizarre result was that half the population consisted of teenagers.

From the elites' philosophical take on the brevity of life to the epitaphs left by butchers, bakers and buffoons, Memento Mori ('Remember you are mortal') shows how the Romans faced up to this world and attempted to take the sting out of death.

ISBN: 9781786494801
ISBN-10: 1786494809 
Audience: Professional 
Format: Hardcover 
Language: English 
Number Of Pages: 224
Available: 28th November 2018
Publisher: Atlantic Books 
Country of Publication: GB