Ages of Man

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The Ages of Man are the historical stages of human existence according to Greek mythology and its subsequent Roman interpretation.

Lucas Cranach the Elder, The Golden Age

Both Hesiod and Ovid offered accounts of the successive ages of humanity, which tend to progress from an original, long-gone age in which humans enjoyed a nearly divine existence to the current age of the writer, in which humans are beset by innumerable pains and evils. In the two accounts that survive from Ancient Greece and Rome, this degradation of the human condition over time is indicated symbolically with metals of successively decreasing value (but increasing hardness).