The obligations and privileges of the aged people according to Clement of Alexandria

Franciszek Drączkowski

Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II , Poland


In an old man, Clement of Alexandria sees the ideal of a perfect Christian, who thanks to intellectual and moral formation, reached the status of God’s friend. For this reason, he is entitled to the care of his family, to be honored and respected by the young people, to drink a wine and conduct conversations during the feasts and to undertake the functions of the teacher and housemaster. The old man is required to maintain a senile appearance without cosmetic procedures and to hold tactful conversations and to drink a wine in moderation during the feasts.


Clement of Alexandria, aged people

Antiphon, Frg.
Clemens Alexandrinus, Paedagogus, ed. O. Stählin, GCS 12, tłum. M. Michalski, w: tenże, Antologia literatury patrystycznej, I, Warszawa 1975
Clemens Alexandrinus, Protrepticus
Clemens Alexandrinus, Stromata, ed. O. Stählin – L. Früchtel, GCS 52, tłum. J. Niemirska-Pliszczyńska: Klemens Aleksandryjski, Kobierce, I, Warszawa 1994
Plato, Leges
Plato, Respublica
Plato, Timaios
Sophocles, Peleus
Teopompus, Frg.


Drączkowski, F. (2011). The obligations and privileges of the aged people according to Clement of Alexandria. Vox Patrum, 56, 281–288.

Franciszek Drączkowski 
Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II


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