Designed as a resource for artists, writers, and behavioral scientists, this compilation of the myths and symbols of old age lists more than 400 entries ranging from Abraham and acacia through Zorya and Zurvan. Coverage includes traditional mythical figures, literary characters, the symbolic attributes of old age such as time measurement and musical instruments, animals associated with aging, objects, types of locations, and more. The result of four years' research in a variety of sources, the volume reports on the use of such symbols in art, literature, and popular culture, providing the most comprehensive coverage of myths and symbols of old age available in one volume.
Entries are arranged alphabetically and include short citations indicating the sources used to compile the entry. A complete bibliography listing the full titles of all sources is also included to help readers who wish further information on a particular subject. Cross-references are used throughout to highlight related entries.