The legend of Faust is well known in Germany and western Europe. The hero of the tale, a German magician named Faust, or Faustus, agreed to sell his soul to the devil in exchange for youth, knowledge, earthly pleasures, and magical powers. The legend is based on a historical figure, a wandering German scholar who lived between about 1480 and 1540. Contemporary accounts describe him as a magician with a fearful but yet amazing reputation he was also associated with black magic. Although a relatively minor figure, he inspired many stories that developed into the Faust legend. Faust was prominent at a time when Europeans were on the cusp of reaching a golden age, their desire for exploration of new worlds and a uniquely pioneering and conquering spirit thus developed. Before this period of the European Golden Age the Muslim world and empires in the far east would of been considered technologically advanced or more powerful perhaps maybe more impressive in the way of empire and social construction. The Faustian Spirit is said to have led Europeans towards great advancements in science, the pioneering and innovative spirit which created perpetual motion of German Engineering and the will to explore and conquer new worlds that other peoples had no desire to strive for The legend of Faust is said to have forged The Nordic will for power German Engineering Greek Philosophy Roman Law Pretty much the foundations which shaped what later was to become Western Civilization So was Faust's deal with the devil in an individual and metaphysical sense a sacrifice for the rise of the European or will it lead to the devil having the last laugh?