Now on other subjects I have said much and shall
often have much to say; this book, which I am
sending to you, is on old age. But the entire discourse I have attributed, not to Tithonus, as Aristo
of Ceos did, (for there would be too little authority
in a myth), but, that I might give it greater weight,
I have ascribed it to the venerable Marcus Cato;
and I represent Laelius and Scipio, while at his house,
expressing wonder that he bears his age so well,
and Cato replying to them. If it shall appear that
he argues more learnedly than he was accustomed
to do in his own books, give the credit to Greek
literature, of which, as is well known, he was very
studious in his later years. But why need I say more?
For from now on the words of Cato himself will
completely unfold to you my own views on old age.