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Forever young - Lucian Boia

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Title
Forever young - a cultural history of longevity
Author
Lucian Boia
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Reaktion Books
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20040404

Forever Young offers a wide-ranging survey of the notion of longevity, from antiquity to the present. The author looks at the many manifestations of one of humanity's most powerful dreams: the prolongation of life and youth with immortality as a final objective. Using a variety of sources - religion, folk traditions, science, literature and art - the book shows on the one hand the persistence of the human spirit (the desire for longevity is revealed as an extremely stable archetype throughout history) and on the other, the innovations specific to each period or culture due to the progress of science and differing ideologies and attitudes.

Nowadays, prolonging life and youth has become a major goal of society due to a combination of several factors: the spectacular increase in life expectancy; the advances of science and especially genetics; and, finally, the decline of religious belief in life after death, emphasizing the only remaining certainty - corporeal life. The author, a specialist in mythology and imagination, approaches his subject in an accessible and engaging way.

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Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Longevity.|Longevity - Religious aspects.|Longevity - Public opinion - History.|Longevity - Social aspects.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
224

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