The Golden Age Essay

1018 Words Nov 10th, 2014 null Page
Throughout the Golden Ages, there has been an emergence of different theories of thought. While some philosophers became known as sophists, men who look to find truth about humans through rationalism, others turned to the Judeo-Christian God for explanation of natural disasters, fortunate and unfortunate events. These two belief systems, although very different in values, had great impact on the people of the time periods, influenced society, political and even economic aspects of life in Western Europe. Although much of the Golden Age was undocumented, texts such as Plato’s Euthyphro, and knowledge of polytheism can help determine the implications rationalism had on much of Greek society. Alternately, we have texts available from the Roman Empire, referring to Judeo-Christian ideals and influences. These texts include works from St. Augustine, Dante’s Inferno and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Socrates, the major Greek philosopher of the Golden Age questioned aspects of society, the environment and major constructs such as the “soul” or “true knowledge”. Plato was also a primary influence of the Golden Age, as a student of Socrates and published theories learned. These ways of thinking gave way to the schools of rationalism. While many of these influential figures were reprimanded for their theory of thought and their methods of questioning people they still were able to remain present and prevalent throughout history. It was argued that while the sophists were asking…

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