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An Age of Heroes? The setting of the ancient Greek myths

• arclein

Ancient Greek myths, the stories about gods and heroes, are set sometime "long, long ago". The ancient poet Hesiod, in his Works and Days, came up with a system of alternating generations of mortals ?" in English, it is customary to refer to "Ages" instead. The sequence starts with the Golden Age, followed by the Silver Age, the Bronze Age, the Age of Heroes, and finally the Iron Age. The Iron Age was the time when Hesiod himself lived, so contemporary ancient Greece (in his case, around 700 BC).