By Cynthia Skenazi
In Aging Gracefully within the Renaissance: tales of Later existence from Petrarch to Montaigne Cynthia Skenazi explores a shift in attitudes in the direction of getting older and gives a old viewpoint on a vital challenge of our time. From the past due fourteenth to the top of the 16th centuries, the aged topic turned some extent of latest social, scientific, political, and literary recognition on either side of the Alps. A circulate of secularization tended to dissociate outdated age from the Christian education for dying, re-orienting the concept that of getting older round pragmatic issues corresponding to well-being care, intergenerational relationships, and gathered insights one may possibly desire to go alongside. Such alterations have been observed via a growing number of own money owed of later lifestyles. indexed by means of Choice magazine as one of many amazing educational Titles of 2014 This identify is accessible on-line in its entirety in Open Access
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75. a sound mind in a healthy body 17 the aging self and in pragmatic ways of minimizing the effects of time on human physical and cognitive capacities. Although their interest was linked to the development of certain forms of experimental medicine, Hippocrates’s texts and Galen’s observations on the process of aging were the bases of Western medicine for more than 1,500 years, and thus deserve our scrutiny. Galen’s fifth book of De Sanitate tuenda, in particular, influenced all subsequent discourses on the preservation of health in old age, and on the prolongation of life.
Kaske and J. Clark (Binghamton: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1989). All further references are to this edi tion and are incorporated into the text. The Roman number indicates the book number, the second number refers to the chapter number, and the third one to the page number. a sound mind in a healthy body 29 liberal professions—and provide their learned but somehow uninformed audience with accessible explanations of medical notions. Obviously, their readers had the financial means and the leisure to take care of their health, yet neither Ficino nor Zerbi had any desire to impart their instructions to “lazy and indolent” people.
167). He dwells on the foods that help 34 See the introduction of the edition of Ficino’s De Vita, pp. 2–23. 35 Ficino wrote book II mostly to please a Christian audience that found book III’s Platonic astral magic suspicious. See Brian Copenhaver, “Scholastic Philosophy and Renaissance Magic in the De Vita of Marsilio Ficino,” Renaissance Quarterly 87, 4 (1984), pp. 523–54 on Ficino’s magical, astrological, and Christian perspectives as well as on the Church’s criticism of this syncretism. a sound mind in a healthy body 31 sustain the aged scholar’s vital heat and maintain the quality of his blood.
Aging Gracefully in the Renaissance: Stories of Later Life from Petrarch to Montaigne by Cynthia Skenazi