The Age following the Golden Age, which came when Saturn was banished to the underworld. It is a period inferior to preceding Age, but still superior to the later Bronze Age. Where there was only spring in the Golden Age, Jupiter now shortened it to the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn, and winter. With the arrival of heat and cold, the people built the first houses: before that their homes had been made in caves or under branches fastened with bark. The seeds of corn were first planted and the first animals domesticated and used for tilling the land.
- Ovid. Metamorphoses i, 113 ff.