Old age in Byzantine society

@article{Gilleard2007OldAI,
  title={Old age in Byzantine society},
  author={C. Gilleard},
  journal={Ageing and Society},
  year={2007},
  volume={27},
  pages={623 - 642}
}
  • C. Gilleard
  • Published 2007
  • Sociology
  • Ageing and Society
  • ABSTRACT This paper examines the status afforded old age in the Byzantine Empire. Frequently neglected in accounts of state formation or comparative history, this Christian imperial state transformed the moral ordering of the lifecourse. In contrast to both classical Greek and Roman society, old age acquired a distinct moral authority in Byzantine society. This status was not confined to a few members of the elite as in Sparta or Rome. The economic vulnerability, physical frailty and social… CONTINUE READING
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