As I said, Balzac wrote about an epoch that is curiously like our own.
Prague Fatale is authentic because Kerr can muffle the horror of this epoch in dramatic irony but he can also shout it out loud.
At the same time, it is the hallmark of brilliant people whatever their civilization, epoch, or area of expertise.
Meteoric masses have been found, however, the fall of which probably occurred at an epoch still more ancient.
As with most men of the epoch, the habit of making allowances was not his.
In 1881 the death of Father Barroti marked an epoch in the history of this church.
This little battle marked an epoch in the history of the war.
The publication of this work marked an epoch in metaphysics.
Commonplace words, but words that made an epoch in the life of both.
Tukulti-Mnib's reign thus marks an epoch in the history of his country.
1610s, epocha, "point marking the start of a new period in time" (e.g. the founding of Rome, the birth of Christ, the Hegira), from Late Latin epocha, from Greek epokhe "stoppage, fixed point of time," from epekhein "to pause, take up a position," from epi "on" (see epi-) + ekhein "to hold" (see scheme (n.)). Transferred sense of "a period of time" is 1620s; geological usage (not a precise measurement) is from 1802.
Under most Unix versions the epoch is 1970-01-01 00:00:00 GMT; under VMS, it's 1858-11-17 00:00:00 (the base date of the US Naval Observatory's ephemerides); on a Macintosh, it's 1904-01-01 00:00:00.
System time is measured in seconds or ticks past the epoch. Weird problems may ensue when the clock wraps around (see wrap around), which is not necessarily a rare event; on systems counting 10 ticks per second, a signed 32-bit count of ticks is good only for 0.1 * 2**31-1 seconds, or 6.8 years. The one-tick-per-second clock of Unix is good only until 2038-01-18, assuming at least some software continues to consider it signed and that word lengths don't increase by then. See also wall time.