'How to Grow Old: Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life'


Luther Professor of Classics Philip Freeman has new translation of Cicero's work published

People often worry that old age inevitably means losing their health, their libido and possibly their mental capacity. Marcus Tullius Cicero would beg to differ, and thanks to Luther College Professor Philip Freeman's new translation, "How to Grow Old: Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life," the rest of us can read Cicero's advice.

Featured in the April 3 Wall Street Journal "Notable & Quotable" section, Freeman's translation eloquently describes the great Roman orator and statesman's wisdom on how to make the second half of life the best part of all.

Written in 44 B.C. and originally titled "On Old Age," Cicero's engaging classic is filled with timeless wisdom and practical guidance that has inspired readers for more than 2,000 years.

With an informative new introduction, "How to Grow Old," is presented in a lively new translation with the original Latin on facing pages. The book directly addresses the greatest fears of growing old and explains why these worries are unfounded or greatly exaggerated.

Released March 29, "How to Grow Old" is available from major retailers and in the Luther College Book Shop.

The third in a series, Freeman's translations of Cicero's works also include "How to Win an Election" (Princeton University Press 2012) and "How to Run a Country" (Princeton University Press 2013).

The author of 18 books on the ancient world for both academic and general audiences, Freeman's works include "Alexander the Great" and "Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths." An internationally recognized specialist in Greek, Roman and medieval cultures and Celtic studies, he has written essays about Greece and Rome for the The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. In his most recent work, "Searching for Sappho: The Lost Songs and World of the First Woman Poet," Freeman reveals the remarkable life of Sappho—delving into her writing and her life as a mother, wife and lover of women.

Freeman holds a Master of Arts degree in classics from the University of Texas, as well as a Master of Arts degree in language and literatures and the first joint doctoral degree in classical philology and Celtic languages from Harvard University.

Freeman has been a professor in Luther's Classics department since 2004, teaching courses in classical mythology, ancient Roman culture, Greece and Rome in film, as well as elementary, intermediate and advanced Latin.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,400, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website:http://www.luther.edu.

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