What is age?

What Does age Mean

Age , originating from the Latin aetas , is a word that allows mentioning the time that has elapsed since the birth of a living being. For example: “My daughter is three years old” , “When I was eight years old, I broke my leg playing football” , “The famous writer died at 91 years of age from a painful illness” .

The notion of age offers the possibility, then, of segmenting human life into different time periods : “Childhood is the right age to start studying a new language” , “Old age should be a time of rest and tranquility” .
Of course, the idea of ​​age can also have a connotation of maturity or old age: "My father is already a certain age" , "I do not understand how they can hit an elderly person in that way . "

Likewise, the space that passed from one time to another is also usually called age: "At your grandmother's age, children did not tute in the elderly" , "Things are done differently at our age . "
Lastly, age is a periodization into which History can be divided . In this context, it is interesting to mention that historiography appeals to two great historical moments: prehistory and history . Prehistoric ages are those that began with the appearance of the first homo sapiens and go up to the invention of writing. They are, according to historians, the Stone Age , the Bronze Age and the Iron Age .
The historical ages are, for their part, the Ancient Age (from the emergence of writing to the moment when the Roman Empire disintegrated), the Middle Ages (from the disappearance of the Roman Empire to the invention of printing or the discovery America), the Modern Age (from these events to the French Revolution) and the Contemporary Age (which continues to the present day).
The Spanish Golden Age
The period in which the Castilian language reached its maximum splendor is known as the Spanish Golden Age , thanks to the work of grammarians and humanists who helped to establish the language, and to the great writers who with their works gave it strength and beauty. Likewise, the syntax was simplified and the vocabulary was freed from Latinisms, making the language more flexible.
On the other hand, the growth of the Spanish empire, due to the discovery of America and the presence of Spain in Italy and the Netherlands, allowed the language to spread more than ever, giving writers unprecedented opportunities to make their works known to a much larger audience.

The Spanish-speaking authors of this time were especially influenced by literature from Greece, especially in terms of themes and mythological presence, Italy, by writers such as Dante and Petrarca, as well as by the Latin works of Horacio and Virgilio, the Hebraic and the Flamenco.
During the first half of the sixteenth century, two tendencies were noticed in Spanish lyric: the Castilian poetry of the songbook and the Italian poetry, which coexisted. Representatives of these changes were Juan Boscán, Garcilaso de la Vega, Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and Francisco Figueroa. The modifications were made around the sonnet, the triplet, the hendecasyllable meter and the lyre.
Another fundamental element of this literary revolution was the picaresque novel , which originated with the publication of "Lazarillo de Tormes" in 1554. This type of composition, as opposed to the pastoral and chivalric ones, dealt with the social problems of Spain. The figure of the rogue is the protagonist, narrator and critic of society.

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