How to Grow Old: Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life, by Marcus Tullius Cicero, trans. Philip Freeman Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016, IBN 978-0-691-16770-1) xvii + 196 pp. $16.95.
“The longer a person lives, the more useless he becomes," irrepressible aphorist Iggy Pop recently observed. “Preserve your memories / They’re all that’s left you," sang twenty-seven-year-old Paul Simon in 1968. But perhaps the locus classicus of modern aging woes is T. S. Eliot’s Prufrock, who bemoans: