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  1. Xenophanes, Aeschylus, and the Doctrine of Primeval Brutishness.Michael J. O'Brien - 1985 - Classical Quarterly 35 (2):264-277.
    The belief that primitive men lived like beasts and that civilisation developed out of these brutal origins is found in numerous ancient authors, both Greek and Latin. It forms part of certain theories about the beginnings of culture current in late antiquity. These are notoriously difficult to trace to their sources, but they already existed in some form in the fifth century b.c. One idea common to these theories is that of progress, and for this reason a fragment of Xenophanes (...)
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