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October 23, 2012 2:56 PM Subscribe
Historically, what were stereotypical views of the elderly?
posted by Talkie Toaster to Writing & Language (5 answers total)
Given that average life expectancy across all socioeconomic groups has increased considerably over recorded history, how did previous societies and generations expect their elders to appear and to behave? How old was 'old'? Were (say) fortysomethings in the medieval period identifiable by their facial features and hair, as we might identify octogenarians today?
Ideally, I'm after references to primary or secondary sources rather than anecdote; I'm not really thinking of the twentieth century here.