posted on Jul, 20 2013 @ 09:02 AM
reply to post by CircleOfDust
All right. You've had your fun.
Some of us actually know what you're talking about. The concept of five ages of Man (not of the Earth) comes from a very ancient Greek literary work
called Works and Days
by a Beotian poet named Hesiod. After the works of Homer, the Iliad
and the Odyssey
, it is probably the
oldest literary work in the Western Canon.
In Works and Days Hesiod divided time into five ages—the Golden age, ruled by Cronos, when people lived extremely long lives 'without
sorrow of heart'; the Silver age, ruled by Zeus; the Bronze age, an epoch of war; the Heroic age, the time of the Trojan war; and lastly the Iron
age, the corrupt present. This is similar to Hindu and Buddhist concepts of the Kali Yuga. The idea of a Golden Age has likewise had a profound
impact on western thought. Works and Days also discusses pagan ethics, extols hard work, and lists lucky and unlucky days of the month for various
Hesiod lived at a time when Greek civilisation was just emerging among the primitive collection of barbarous, warring tribal states that lined the
Aegaean and north-eastern Mediterranean basin. He was a man of his time, and repeated the myths and popular beliefs that were current in his day –
along with complaints about his own poverty, superstitious rules for daily conduct ('Never put the ladle upon the mixing-bowl at a wine party'),
advice for farmers and much else besides.
If you think this farrago of ancient nonsense (you can read all of it here
) is in some way
more truthful than the works of modern historians, or even of someone like Herodotus, who lived about three hundred years after Hesiod but in a
culture infinitely more advanced and civilised, your reveal only your own lack of familiarity with ancient literature. This stuff might be exciting,
new and revelatory to you, but it has been known to educated people since the Renaissance.