[Taxacom] Mesozoic origins of many insect families (was: ISE...)

Frederick W. Schueler bckcdb at istar.ca
Sun Jul 24 21:50:18 CDT 2011

On 7/24/2011 10:39 PM, Barry Roth wrote:
> The "golden" issue is producing quite a shower of opinion, considering that it's about a basically undefined term.
> Does anyone know what historians mean when they speak of a Golden Age" with regard to human affairs -- if indeed they do so?  I sort of thought it meant the age of "flowering" (darn these mixed metaphors anyway) of a culture, not necessarily the time of its origins. So I would be more inclined to think of it as a time of a group's diversifying and maintaining that diversity.

* it was originally a mythic term for a 'prelapsarian' human culture, 
that has been variously appropriated to means some interval of good times.

Wikipedia: "The term Golden Age (Χρυσόν Γένος) comes from Greek 
mythology and legend and refers to the first in a sequence of four or 
five (or more) Ages of Man, in which the Golden Age is first, followed 
in sequence, by the Silver, Bronze, and Iron Ages, and then the present, 
a period of decline. By extension "Golden Age" denotes a period of 
primordial peace, harmony, stability, and prosperity."

fred schueler
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