Thursday, January 19, 2012

Shadows In A Timeless Myth Presents - The Silver Age of Mythology

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The Silver Age was far inferior to that of gold; but virtue still dwelt on earth, and the Immortals had not altogether departed from the abodes of men. Jupiter then divided the year into seasons, shortened the winter days, and let loose the northern blasts, so that men were obliged to build dwellings, and cultivate the ungrateful soil.

Their first habitations were caves and grottoes, leafy coverts of the forest, or huts rudely constructed of the trunks of trees and interwoven boughs.

The Brazen Age came next; men grew fierce and warlike, but were not as yet altogether impious.
The Iron Age gave birth to all the calamities that afflict mankind. Avarice and violence reigned supreme; men were not satisfied to till the earth, but dug into its hidden mines, and drew thence gold and iron, potent instruments of ill to man.

The same poet says:
“Then land-marks limited to each his right;  
For all before was common as the light.  
Nor was the ground alone required to bear  
Her annual income to the crooked share,  
But greedy mortals, rummaging her store,  
Digged from her entrails first the precious ore 
(Which next to hell the prudent gods had laid,) 
And that alluring ill to sight displayed.  
Thus cursed steel, and more accursed gold,  
Gave mischief birth, and made that mischief bold: 
And double death did wretched man invade,  
By steel assaulted, and by gold betrayed.”  
Dryden’s Ovid.
Compiled From Sources In The Public Domain.

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It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one’s dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent. W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) Of Human Bondage, 1915

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