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silver age

Classical Mythology. the second of the four ages of humankind, inferior to the golden age but superior to the bronze age that followed: characterized by an increase of impiety and of human weakness.
(usually initial capital letters) a period in Latin literature, a.d. c14–138, following the Augustan Age: the second phase of classical Latin.
Compare golden age (def 3).
Origin of silver age
First recorded in 1555-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The silver age, the Hellenistic art that followed, is of intense interest.

  • Then it is followed by "the silver age," in which the cow is said to stand on three legs only!

  • By and by they came to a rude house,—as fine a one, though, as people in the silver age had yet learned how to build.

    Fairy Book Sophie May
  • Their childhood would probably have lasted forever; but the silver age came on, and every thing was changed.

    Fairy Book Sophie May
  • Ovid's description of the silver age is still applicable to the native inhabitants of Lapland.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • Phaedrus is the only important writer during the half-century 323 of literary darkness between the Golden and the silver age.

  • When Jove had driven his father into banishment, the silver age began, according to the poets.

  • Swedenborg attributes to them a symbolical significance, and regards them as artistic products of the silver age.

    Legends August Strindberg
  • I have read of your golden age, your silver age, etc.; one might justly call this the age of the lawyers.

    The History of John Bull John Arbuthnot
  • The Revival was the silver age of that old golden age of Greece.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 2 (of 7) John Addington Symonds
British Dictionary definitions for silver age

silver age

(in Greek and Roman mythology) the second of the world's major epochs, inferior to the preceding golden age and characterized by opulence and irreligion
the postclassical period of Latin literature, occupying the early part of the Roman imperial era, characterized by an overindulgence in elegance for its own sake and empty scholarly rhetoric
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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