The virtues and vices of old people in the late middle ages

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The medieval perception of old age was based on the classical theory of the four humors, which balanced the vices of senescence with its virtues. The introduction of Aristotle to the West in the thirteenth century, combined with the translation of Arabic medical works, encouraged scientific discussion of the aging process. The Christian tradition stressed the opportunities for spiritual perfection which aging brings. As a result, a broader portriat of aging emerged, embodying both physical and emotional factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-127
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Aging and Human Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Aging


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