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    Hesiod's Ages of Man

    Post  Guest on Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:24 am

    Taken from Wiki...and according to this fellow Hesiod from ancient times, we are in the Iron age.



    The first extant account of the successive ages of humanity comes from the Greek poet Hesiod's Works and Days (lines 109-201). His list is:

    • Golden Age – The Golden Age is the only age that falls within the rule of Cronus. Molded out of the earth through the hands of Prometheus, these humans were said to live among the gods, and freely mingled with them. Peace and harmony prevailed during this age. Humans did not have to work to feed themselves, for the earth provided food in abundance. They lived to a very old age but with a youthful appearance and eventually died peacefully. Their spirits live on as "guardians". Plato in Cratylus (397 e) recounts the golden race of men who came first. He clarifies that Hesiod did not mean men literally made of gold, but good and noble. He describes these men as daemons upon the earth. Since δαίμονες (daimones) is derived from δαήμονες (daēmones, meaning knowing or wise), they are beneficent, preventing ills, and guardians of mortals.

    • Silver Age – The Silver Age and every age that follows fall within the rule of Cronus' successor and son, Zeus. Men in the Silver age lived for one hundred years under the dominion of their mothers. They lived only a short time as grown adults, and spent that time in strife with one another. During this Age men refused to worship the gods and Zeus destroyed them for their impiety. After death, humans of this age became "blessed spirits" of the underworld.

    • Bronze Age – Men of the Bronze Age were hardened and tough, as war was their purpose and passion. Zeus created these humans out of the ash tree. Their armor was forged of bronze, as were their homes, and tools. The men of this Age were undone by their own violent ways and left no named spirits; instead, they dwell in the "dank house of Hades". This Age came to an end with the flood of Deucalion.

    • Heroic Age – The Heroic Age is the one age that does not correspond with any metal. It is also the only age that improves upon the age it follows. These humans were created from the bones of the earth (stones) through the actions of Deucalion and Pyrrha. In this period men lived with noble demigods and heroes. It was the heroes of this Age who fought at Thebes and Troy. This race of humans died and went to Elysium.

    • Iron Age – Hesiod finds himself in the Iron Age. During this age humans live an existence of toil and misery. Children dishonor their parents, brother fights with brother and the social contract between guest and host (xenia) is forgotten. During this age might makes right, and bad men use lies to be thought good. At the height of this age, humans no longer feel shame or indignation at wrongdoing; babies will be born with gray hair and the gods will have completely forsaken humanity: "there will be no help against evil."


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myth_of_the_Ages
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    Re: Hesiod's Ages of Man

    Post  shayn on Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:39 pm

    yup


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    Post  SoulSurge on Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:43 am

    Wow.  Thanks for this info!
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    Re: Hesiod's Ages of Man

    Post  shayn on Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:51 am

    Mr W - what with Hesiod?

    you know he didn't come up with that and it was a very common way of thinking in the old world,  not only in Greek and Roman worlds...

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    Post  Guest on Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:22 am

    dont blame me!

    blame wiki~!
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    Post  SpiritVoices on Sat Oct 19, 2013 12:28 pm

    Iron Age – Hesiod finds himself in the Iron Age. During this age humans live an existence of toil and misery. Children dishonor their parents, brother fights with brother and the social contract between guest and host (xenia) is forgotten. During this age might makes right, and bad men use lies to be thought good. At the height of this age, humans no longer feel shame or indignation at wrongdoing; babies will be born with gray hair and the gods will have completely forsaken humanity: "there will be no help against evil."





    Sounds very much like our age now.......
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    Post  shayn on Sat Oct 19, 2013 12:44 pm

    Mr.Whitmore wrote:dont blame me!

    blame wiki~!
    not blaming anyone :)

    i just think we are way passed the iron age into something so low that has no name...


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    Post  SpiritVoices on Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:07 pm

    You are so right,Shayn.......cbaby  way beyond belief.

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    Post  Guest on Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:40 pm

    shayn wrote:
    Mr.Whitmore wrote:dont blame me!

    blame wiki~!
    not blaming anyone :)

    i just think we are way passed the iron age into something so low that has no name...


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    oh.............sorry....i agree............but....that age is almost over

    do you think im crazy now?
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    Re: Hesiod's Ages of Man

    Post  shayn on Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:48 pm

    nop, i hope you are right, and i hope the new one will be a better one and i wish to be around when it happens.


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    Re: Hesiod's Ages of Man

    Post  Guest on Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:50 pm

    before things get very very good..............it has to first get very very bad

    we are on the thresholds of maximum bad limits..............

    The date to watch for is December 21st 2013!

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    Re: Hesiod's Ages of Man

    Post  frisky fox on Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:59 pm

    why Dec.21, 2013 ?

    and what is after the Iron Age ?

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    Post  Guest on Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:04 pm

    No way!

    if isay that...............then i get the "crazy label"!!!!

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    Re: Hesiod's Ages of Man

    Post  frisky fox on Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:06 pm

    I love your mysteriousness ! ...... it is so you ! :cool:
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    Re: Hesiod's Ages of Man

    Post  Guest on Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:38 pm

    and where did Hera and Athena come from......?

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