De Senectute.

Punch, February 25, 1903


M. Legouvé, of the French Academy, has been telling Parisian reporters how to grow old. Many of them are following his instructions, and are confident of ultimate, if gradual, success.




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Ernest Legouvé was an influential French dramatist and essayist who was 96 years old in February 1903; ironically, he died less than a month later after this piece ran. Cato Maior de Senectut (On Old Age) is an essay written by Cicero in 44 B.C. It is a standard text for teaching Latin to students in the second year.


John Dawson