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Themes of Golden Ages in Greek Myth and Judeo-Christianity In a time before this there was complete perfection in the world Man animal and land were in perfect harmony a golden age of flawlessness The idea of a golden age where humanity is viewed as having generated from an earlier perfection is a common theme throughout a variety of cultures In Greek mythology such a time is told to us through Hesiods descriptions of Cronoss Golden Age a specific time and place of complete perfection in the world In Jewish and Christian thought a similar time and place of perfection is described through Moses in the Bible it was called the Garden of Eden In Greek myth there were several different ages of man during the rulings of Cronos son of Uranaus and Zeus son of Cronos According to Hesiods description the first age under the rule of Cronos is thought to be the golden age of man The golden age is believed to be the age of perfection Man was thought to have lived like gods without sorrow or toil According to Hesiod man never aged they actually got younger the longer they lived Although the people of this time did die it was never painful or sad it is described as if they were overcome with sleep It is said that the earthunforcedbare them fruit abundantly and yieldedwithout compulsionall needful things For spring was everlasting streams of milk and nectar flowed and honey was distilled from the oak httphomepagemaccomcparadaGMLAgesOfManhtmlgolden Hesiod portrays humanity as peaceful and settled in ease on the land They were loved by the gods and since they were ultimately good man had no fear of punishment There were no cities armies or war There was also no ownership during this time To mark the land with private bounds would have been wrong since men worked a common goal According to Hesiod some have said that during this age
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