We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Golden Age?

Tricia Christensen
By
Updated May 23, 2024
Our promise to you
Language & Humanities is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At Language & Humanities, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A golden age is a time in a specific culture when cultural advancements are at their highest point. For example, many refer to the Golden Age of Classical Greece as a time in the 5th century BCE when literature, drama, philosophy, art and politics were most inspired. These ages are often followed by a decline, where new cultural products are derivative and less inspired and where politics begin to veer off from their initial course. If such ages could be graphed, they would be the high point, the top of the bell on a bell curve, or the apex of a society.

Many people all use this term to refer to a time when a specific thing seems to reach a high point. For example, many look at the 1940s as the golden age of American cinema. Recognizing a high point generally means that something is the best it will ever be, however, and many hesitate to use the term.

In a sense, use of the term is often nostalgic and overly romanticized, particularly in history. For example, not all people who lived in ancient Greece benefited. In particular, slaves and women had few personal or political rights. Generally speaking, however, these time periods are simply a sort of cultural explosion occurs where new developments, and new ideas that benefit society as a whole happen with great rapidity.

Classical Greek literature, for example, is said to have experienced its peak with the dramatists like Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles, and the comic playwright Aristophanes. Modern people still read and study their work and find it relevant not only to its own time, but also to the present day. Similar claims can be made about theater in the Elizabethan period, which during which time Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and Christopher Marlowe all lived and worked.

Golden ages are typically periods of time where one can observe a definite low point prior to and after the age. It is frequently premature to call a new event a golden age, therefore, since without being able to foretell the future, it's impossible to view its decline. The term generally relates to things past and should not be applied to present events or cultural developments.

Language & Humanities is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Tricia Christensen
By Tricia Christensen , Writer
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a Language & Humanities contributor, Tricia Christensen is based in Northern California and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her writing. Her wide-ranging interests include reading, writing, medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion, all of which she incorporates into her informative articles. Tricia is currently working on her first novel.

Discussion Comments

By ZsaZsa56 — On Nov 11, 2012
Is there any time in human history that is definitively called the "Golden Age", maybe the Romans or the Renaissance? It seem like humanity has experienced so many highs and lows that to pick a crowning moment would be short sighted.
By profess — On Nov 10, 2012
I think that we may have seen the golden age of the internet come and go in the span of just 10 years or so. I think as the internet gets more commercialized, regulated, homogenized and streamlined, the wild wild west culture that produced so much innovation online in the early years will be lost.

By anon173007 — On May 05, 2011

Can anyone remember the poem about the golden age about what you can and can't do anymore as a golden ager? it is very comical and true if you can, please put it online. i would love to have it.

By anon132509 — On Dec 07, 2010

The golden age is yet to come, when the whole world will be at peace and serenity.

By anon72023 — On Mar 21, 2010

This is great. thanks for the simple, full answer I was looking for.

By anon39348 — On Jul 31, 2009

This is great thanks for the simple, full answer I was looking for.

Tricia Christensen

Tricia Christensen

Writer

With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a Language & Humanities contributor,...
Learn more
Language & Humanities, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

Language & Humanities, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.