The Greek word even he came to Latin as aeon, which in our language derived in Eon . The term has several uses depending on the context.
At language colloquial , an eon is a very long time period, although imprecise . For example: “Eons ago I didn't eat this dish”, “I feel like eons have passed since I last spoke with Marta”, "It seemed to me that I was locked in eons, but in reality the captivity did not last more than two hours".
For the geology , an eon is a unit of time Which is equivalent to 1000 million years . Also called eon al time interval that allows to divide the history of the planet land in three stages: the archaic eon , he proterozoic eon and the phanerozoic eon .
He archaic eon It started about 4000 million years ago and extended until 2500 million years ago. In that instance the proterozoic eon , valid until 542 million years ago. From then until today, eon develops phanerozoic .
In the field of gnosticism (a doctrine religious and philosophical that combines Christian, oriental and Jewish elements), each eon is called divine and eternal entity which has its origin in the supreme divinity. The eons, in this framework, are beings that relate the spirit and the matter
The Greek mythology , meanwhile, calls Eon to the God of prosperity and eternal time. He is usually depicted as a young man with little or naked clothes that is in a zodiac circle.
The god Eon is impartial and supreme, has no beginning or end. It differs from Cronos, another god of Greek mythology who personifies the weather same, precisely in that it does not represent it as something limited or that can be contained, but as something empirical that encompasses all eternity. It is related to mystical religions , those who seek to transmit wisdom through experience.
Eón has issues and concerns in common with this group of religions such as life after death and the mysteries of Cibeles, Mithraism, Orphism and the Dionysian mysteries. Usually, they are accompanied by earth goddesses such as Cibeles or Tellus, or also mother goddesses. This can be seen in the Patera de Parabiago .
A patera is a dish that was used for certain religious rites and ceremonies in antiquity. One of its most obvious characteristics is its low depth. That of Parabiago, an Italian town located in the province of Milan, is made of silver and was made in the fourth century by Roman goldsmiths during the reign of Flavio Claudio Juliano. In his engravings you can see a representation of several characters mythological , like Cibeles, Atis, Coribantes, Tellus and Eón himself.
In Latin, this god may appear in relation to the concepts of Aevum and Saeculum. The first, according to scholastic philosophy, represents the mode of existence that angels and saints experience in paradise: somehow, it is a state that is among the eternity and the temporality. The second is a term that refers to a period of time comparable with the life of a human being or with the one needed to completely renew the population of our species.
The zodiac circle within which Eon is usually represented can be understood in several ways, such as eternal time or cyclic . In addition to the Parabiago patera, this image can be seen in the Roman mosaics of Sentinum (now Sassoferrato) and Hippo Regius.
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