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16 08, 2017

Life expectancy and history

By |2017-08-16T11:45:36-07:00August 16th, 2017|People|0 Comments

Tombstone from Rome, 400s AD Throughout the ancient and medieval worlds, people died much younger on average than they do in North America or Europe or China or Japan today. (Though they lived longer than the average in some countries in modern Africa). The average age at death today in the United States [...]

16 08, 2017

Averages and demographics

By |2017-08-16T00:11:21-07:00August 16th, 2017|Math, People|0 Comments

Ara Pacis Augustae - the Altar of Peace, in Rome You can see why ancient life expectancies were low for yourself: figure out the average age at death of the following group of people: Grandma Julia: 85 (from a stroke) Grandpa Lucius: 45 (from diabetes) Mom: 56 (from cancer) Dad: 45 (from a heart attack) [...]