Skylisia ZoeBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7069.1407a (Published 30 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1407
- Judith Hollis-Triantafillou
“Only the Gods escape the penalties of age and death.”— Oedipus at Colonnos, Sophocles
Our small block of flats in the great overcrowded Athenian metropolis boasts a minor natural phenomenon—a trio of old “grannies,” all the equivalent of centenarians although no one is sure of their exact age, lovingly cared for by their families and living out the remainder of their days in comfortable if far from ideal surroundings. Well known local characters, they are revered for their eccentricities and their longevity.
Two of them are garbed permanently in unrelieved black as befits their age and status but are surprisingly sprightly, going out for daily walks, negotiating the stairs with only slight difficulty, and participating vociferously in …