Category Archives: Golden Ages

Good times, like the Age of Pericles and Pax Romana: looking back at not-quite-utopias.

Sifting Through the Ash Heap of History

Petrarch called Rome “a rubbish heap of history.” That’s what Ferdinand Gregorovius says Petrarch wrote in a letter, at any rate. “…Petrarch, who was then in Avignon, wrote on this occasion his patriotic epistle in Latin verses to Aeneas Tolomei … Continue reading

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The Athenian Golden Age: Pericles, Aspasia, and All That

Ah! The Golden Age of Athens! “Golden age” arguably sounds classier than “the good old days.” But either way, it’s a bygone era that nostalgia says was so very much better than today. Folks living in a golden age may … Continue reading

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