Growing old in the cradle: old age and immortality among the kings of ancient Assyria.

  • W S Arnett
  • Published 1991 in
    International journal of aging & human…


The desire for a long and healthy life was expressed often by Assyrian kings in their extant public texts from the 14th through the 7th centuries BC. But advanced old age, whether for monarchs or commoners, was not achieved very often in the ancient world. Consequently, Assyrian royal inscriptions frequently reflect concern for another kind of longevity--an… (More)


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