Silver age

Silver age

A silver age is a name often given to a particular period within a history, typically as a lesser and later successor to a golden age, the metal silver generally being valuable, but less so than gold.

The original Silver Age was one of the five "Ages of Man" described by the ancient poet Hesiod. It began when Deucalion and Pyrrha begot men and women out of rocks after the Deluge. These people lived for one hundred years as children without growing up, then they suddenly aged and died. Zeus destroyed these people because of their impiety. (see Ogygian Deluge)

It was the second generation of humanity, Golden Age being the first.

After Cronos was exiled, the world was ruled by Zeus. The Olympians made a second generation of men and the age was called of silver because the race of man was less noble than the race of the Golden Age.

At this time Zeus reduced the spring, and reconstructed the year into four seasons, so that men for the first time sought the shelter of houses and had to labor to supply their food.

The first seeds of grain were place in the ground since now man had to gather their own food. A child grew up at his mother's side a hundred years, but adulthood lasted a short time. Being less noble than the Golden Age, humanity could not keep from fighting with one another, nor would they properly honor and or serve the immortals. The actions of the second generation infuriated Zeus, so in punishment he destroyed them.

Amongst silver ages are:
* The Silver Age of Latin literature
* The Silver Age of Comic Books
* The Silver Age of Russian Poetry
* The Silver Age of Alpinism

See also

* Silver Age (DC Comics Title)

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