Brazen age


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(Myth.) The age of war and lawlessness which succeeded the silver age.
(Archæol.) See under Bronze.

See also: Brazen, Brazen

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At the Red Bull, Thomas Heywood's The Silver Age provides "Thunder, lightnings, Jupiter descends in his majesty, his Thunderbolt burning" (3:154-55); and in The Brazen Age, after Hercules says his farewells, "Jupiter above strikes him with a thunderbolt, his body sinks, and from the heavens descends a hand in a cloud, that from the place where Hercules was burnt, brings up a star, and fixeth it in the firmament" (3:254).
Rather than trying to make a character like Hercules believable to an early modern audience, Heywood makes it virtually impossible for spectators to identify with him, and thus they are better able to reflect upon historical change and assess the different value systems underwriting the brazen age and their own.
(8) Despite the wide acceptance of this argument, closer inspection reveals that the two plays about Hercules cannot be derived from the poem since it does not deal in large areas of their subject matter, except in the briefest outline, including Jupiter's seductions of Alcmena and Semele, and Hercules' birth in The Silver Age, the Achelous / Deineira / Nesus story, and Hercules' madness and death, nor the stories of Venus coupling with Adonis and Mars in The Brazen Age. In addition, Heywood specifically excludes material associated with Hercules from his poem:
His poetry begins to turn darker, away from love and youth and towards religion and age: The Brazen Age is now when Earth is worn, Beauty grown sick, Nature corrupt and nought, Pleasure untimely dead as soon as born, Both words and kindness strangers to our thought .
The Royal King and the Loyal Subject (c1602), The English Traveller (c1624), and a series of dramatizations of classical myths: The Golden Age (c1610), The Silver Age (c1610), The Brazen Age (c1610), and The Iron Age: Parts I and II (c1610).