Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the idea of youth. In 1898 Joseph Conrad wrote, “I remember my youth and the feeling that will never come back any more - the feeling that I could last for ever, outlast the sea, the earth, and all men; the deceitful feeling that lures us on to perils, to love, to vain effort - to death…“From antiquity to our own time, the concept of youth, with its promise of possibility and adventure, has been greeted with fascination as well as fear. The ancient Greeks saw the period of youth as dangerous and unpredictable, but how did they seek to control it? How did the Renaissance celebrate the ideals and intellect of youth? Why was 19th century British society so preoccupied with the moral well-being of young people? And does a distinct youth culture still exist?

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  • Tim Whitmarsh No other episodes
    Lecturer in Hellenistic Literature at Exeter University
  • Thomas Healy 3 episodes
    Professor of Renaissance Studies at Birkbeck College, London
  • Deborah Thom No other episodes
    Lecturer in History at Robinson College, Cambridge

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Hello (First sentence from this episode) Hello, in 1898 Joseph Conrad spoke for all of us when he wrote, I remember my youth and a feeling that will never come back anymore.