1. 'My age is as a lusty winter' : the age of old age / Pat Thane -- 2. 'Old age has always been revered' : the ancient Greek and Roman worlds / Tim Parkin -- 3. 'All want to reach old age but nobody wants to be old' : the Middle Ages and Renaissance / Shulamith Shahar -- 4. 'An idle youth makes a needy old age' : the 17th century / Lynn A. Botelho -- 5. 'Long live the republic where old men preside' : the 18th century / David G. Troyansky -- 6. 'Don't complain about old age' : the 19th century / Thomas R. Cole and Claudia Edwards -- 7. 'I do not think of myself as old' : the 20th century / Pat Thane.