The Greek heroes in the battles against the Persians By Rudolf Steiner

"January 01, 1911"

"Greek culture, in which the essentially human element comes to expression, is prepared by the preceding Babylonian culture and the Mystery-wisdom of prehistoric ages. In the Greek epoch the ego weaves and works in the ego, but this faculty had previously been inculcated into the souls of men by higher Beings in the ancient temple-sanctuaries. Homer and Aeschylus. Greek art, philosophy, and the folk-character. The Greek heroes in the battles against the Persians. Plato and Aristotle. Periods of ascent and decline in the streams of culture. A symptom of periods of decline is that special aims and interests become independent of the question of truth itself. In Stoicism, Epicureanism, Scepticism, man is thrown back upon his own soul. In Neo-Platonism, the individual looks within himself and strives to reach truth by mystical ascent. In the year 1250 a new inspiration begins for humanity; in the 16th century it peters away. At the portal leading to the new period of decline stands Kant. Inklings of what the re-
scent demands often arise out of the folk-instincts. In the pre-Grecian epoch: sons of the gods; in the Greek epoch: sages; in the post-Grecian epoch: saints. Among the Hebrews, transition from the patriarchs to the prophets. The fact that individuals are at the same time instruments of the evolutionary process is revealed in a series of incarnations of profound interest. Elijah. John the Baptist, Raphael, Novalis. The transition from Michelangelo to Galileo. The true feeling for time."

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