And this good fortune, therefore, we old men
may enjoy; nor does age offer any hindrance to
our pursuit of other activities, and especially the
cultivation of the soil, even to the very end of old
age. For example, there is a tradition that Valerius
Corvinus, after passing the ordinary span of life,
lived on his farm and cultivated it, and continued
his pursuit of agriculture to his hundredth year.
Forty-six years intervened between his first and
sixth consulships. Thus, so much space of time as
by our forefathers' reckoning marked the beginning
of old age, just that space was the course of his
public honours; and the last period of his life was
happier than the middle span, because his influence
was greater and his labours were less.