Festival talks by Peter Jones

6. MEMENTO MORI: WHAT THE ROMANS CAN TELL US ABOUT OLD AGE AND DEATH

Romans inhabited a world where man, knowing nothing about hygiene let alone disease, had no defences against nature. Death was everywhere. In a revealing and entertaining guide to how the Romans confronted their own mortality, Peter Jones will show us that all the problems associated with old age and death that so transfix us today were already dealt with by our ancient ancestors two thousand years ago.

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