Which age do we live in, according to Hesiod?
Hesiod describes the Five Ages in his poem Works and Days (lines 109 - 201) 1. Their order is:
- Golden Age, ruled by Cronus,
- Silver Age, when Zeus rule begins,
- Bronze Age, an age of tough men that ends with the flood of Deucalion,
- Heroic Age, when the Trojan War occurs,
- Iron Age, the current age.
Hesiod does not mention a future age past his own, which would be a better fit for our own time. Therefore, we could either say that we live in the same age as Hesiod, the Iron one, or that we live in an age past the five Hesiodic ones.
1 An English translation of the poem is available in the Perseus Digital Library: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3atext%3a1999.01.0132
I think it's safe to say that if Hesiod had defined a subsequent age to Iron, it would be even worse, based on the overall downward progression. *(However, he might have been heartened by the concept of the 8 hour work day of the 20th century, and seen it as an improvement, similar to his Heroic Age ;)*
Not likely, @DukeZhou. After all, Hesiod pointed out the laziness that came with having fire as a negative.
@C.M.Weimer Not likely on which supposition--that he would have made ours a worse better age? (Not arguing, but the way I pose my comment creates an ambiguity;)