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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894. Excerpt: ... The Antiquity Of Man According To Geology And Climatology. Primitive Man. THE ancient peoples of the Orient, as we saw in the last chapter, were...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894. Excerpt: ... The Antiquity Of Man According To Geology And Climatology. Primitive Man. THE ancient peoples of the Orient, as we saw in the last chapter, were one in asserting for themselves a venerable antiquity. Not content with tens of thousands, many of them demanded hundreds of thousands of years as the period of time covered by their annals. They were likewise a unit in claiming descent from gods and demigods and in attributing godhead to all of their earlier rulers. Many, if not all of them, were firm believers in a golden age, an age of justice and happiness, which distinguished the first era of the world's history from all subsequent periods, and placed the beginnings of humanity on a much higher plane than our race has since been able to attain. "Then," says Hesiod, in his Works and Days, "without chagrin or disquiet, exempt from labor and sorrow, men lived like gods. Infirmity, the companion of old age, was unknown. Enjoying, even in advanced years, the pleasures of youth, death to them was but as a sweet sleep. A fruitful earth furnished spontaneously the most delicious fruits, and the abundance thereof removed all occasion of envy. The peaceful and voluntary occupation which they found in providing for their daily needs removed the tedium of leisure and the weariness entailed by idleness." 1 The golden age, in which we may see a faint recollection of the Garden of Eden, was followed, in the order given, by the ages of silver, brass, bronze, and iron. The last was the worst of all, and was marked by sorrow and suffering and misery--ills which in the earlier ages were unknown. Modern science also, especially geology and prehistoric archaeology, makes great demands on time, as well as on our faith, in its teachings regarding the age of the human species. But ...
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