- 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
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- (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