Hesiod and the Five Ages of Man Notes by Dr. Honora M. Finkelstein The Boeothian poet Hesiod wrote about the “Five Ages of Man” in his Works and Days: The Age of Gold, the Age of Silver, the Age of Bronze, the Age of Heroes, and the Age of Iron, which Hesiod’s culture was in (and we’re still in today). Many esoteric approaches to the meaning of life have suggested human beings are currently in a decline from a “Golden Age” of perfection (remember Atlantis?), and claiming the age in which we now live is the most difficult humans have yet experienced. Most of them say we’ll be “moving on up” soon, but we have to overcome our differences first. This is yet another creation myth. It seems similar to that of the generation of the Greek gods in that there were four generations of beings prior to the creation of modern humans; this concept of multiple generations (usually four) of gods and other beings prior to the coming of humans is common in many cultures around the planet. See: Introduction to "The Five Ages of Man" from Works and Days Made with Xara Website by Susan Smily