By Deborah Levine Gera
The resource and nature of earliest speech and civilization are puzzles that experience intrigued humans for lots of centuries. This publication surveys historical Greek perspectives on those questions. It discusses the harmonious language of the golden age, the potential wherein language used to be first invented, and a few historic "linguists" defined by way of Homer and Herodotus.
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See Gal. '994. 1 65-6 with n. J7. I. be 1997; "" too BlundeIl 1986. 14<;-5J; Dillon 1992. I. The Nature of Language in the Golden Age with animals in the way that they are shown doing in current tales, then present-day men are better off than such people were the Eleatic Stranger concludes. (The 'current tales' mentioned by Plato's Stra nger is probably a reference to comic parodies of the reign of K ronos, where men are shown carousing and feasting on food which is provided of its own accord and begs to be eate�ee below.
1995. chs. 1 and 5; Kata 1981, l,Ja. mus that Greek (or IQ_th;... c1o.. to it) _ Ifoe . Diels) aUlge of the �od. 1 . I�. �, p. 37 22 3. U A primordial, universal language need perfect" and speech conditions in the age of Kronos may have been analogous to the food situation at that time. In most accoun ts of the golden age we are told that the earth supplied an abundance of food of itself, with no labour or effort expended by anyone. This effortless abundance is what was unique and ideal, while the food itself-in many accounts of the golden age--was not particularly cultivated or refined .
1, to n. r8. 30 z. Language in the GoLden Age ry comedies certa inly Depictions of the golden age in fifth-centu They stress the present life in the golden age in this latter fashion. " material enjoyment of life, the second of Plato's and food is pro Men are said to lead a life of ease and abundance, vided of itself, with no effort on their part. Such automatic provision of the necessities of life is a feature found in many depictions of the age of Kronos, but writers of ancient comedy parody this situation and take the life of effortless ease one stage further.