Malcolm Bull: Three Cheers for Apocalypse
9 December 1999
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Allen Lane, 228 pp., £14.99, September 1999, 0 7139 9363 4Show More
Apocalypses: Prophesies, Cults and Millennial Beliefs throughout the Ages by Eugen Weber.
Hutchinson, 294 pp., £18.99, July 1999, 0 09 180134 6Show More
Messianic Revolution: Radical Religious Politics to the End of the Second Millennium by Richard Popkin and David Katz.
Allen Lane, 303 pp., £18.99, October 1999, 0 7139 9383 9Show More
“... in Zoroastrian sources and in Hesiod. In Zoroaster’s version there are four successive ages, each of a thousand years, the first of gold, the second of silver, the third of steel, and the last of iron alloy. Each age represents a decline on the previous one, and the same is true of Hesiod’s sequence, which goes from gold, to silver, to bronze, to iron save that there is an unnamed fourth age ...”