People often talk to me about how “modern medicine” has created old age. They believe that in times past people lived until they were 30 or 40 and then died. In other words, life was nasty brutish and short. Evidence from the Roman Empire (to take one example) tells a different story…
Average life expectancy in Roman times was much shorter than what we know today not because adults died young. The problem was that life expectancy at birth was very short. Only 50 per cent of those born saw their tenth birthday. In fact, members of Roman society who survived into old age experienced a life-span similar to our own. Read more HERE They did this WITHOUT access to modern medicine.
The Roman’s divided their lifespan this way:
1) puerita, up to age fifteen; (birth to 15 in one phase, it made sense in a society with a high death rate among the very young)
2) adulscentia, from fifteen to thirty; (many people today suspect that adolescence still includes the 20’s)
3) iuventus, from thirty to forty-five; (getting down to business)
4) seniores, from forty-five to sixty; (Beats AARP by 5 years!)
5) senectus, from sixty until death. (sadly, then as now little growth is anticipated in the last decades of life)