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Definition ancient times; or a relic of ancient times
  • All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age, have passed through this fiery persecution. There is no defense against reproach but obscurity...
    Joseph Addison
  • There are long passages now before us of the most despicable trash, with no merit whatever beyond that of their antiquity.
    The Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vol 5 of the Raven Edition)  -- (retrieved 01/01/00)
  • I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there.
  • History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.
  • These fables, indeed, were among the first writings of an earlier antiquity that attracted attention. (retrieved 01/01/00)
  • A queer moral to derive from antiquity, yet older than any traceable antiquity.
    Dickens, Charles  --  The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • In that granite book, begun by the Orient, continued by Greek and Roman antiquity, the Middle Ages wrote the last page.
    Hugo, Victor  --  Notre-Dame de Paris
  • I account that man more honorable than that great captain of antiquity who boasted of taking as many walled towns.
    Melville, Herman  --  Moby Dick I-LXVII
  • From the remotest period of antiquity to which the archives have reference, the hours have been regularly struck by the big bell.
    Poe, Edgar Allan  --  The Devil in the Belfry
  • Each of the great nations of antiquity had a great leader.
  • Only the stately phraseology and the measured speech of the sons of the Prophet are suited to a venerable antiquity like this.
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • "I am not so concerned about the monetary value of the statue as I am about its antiquity," went on Professor Bumper.
    Appleton, Victor  --  Tom Swift In The Land Of Wonders
  • Come then, and from thy vast, luxuriant stores, in long antiquity piled up, pour forth the rich profusion.
    Fielding, Henry  --  The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
  • From the hallowed hills of sacred Sinai, in the days of remote antiquity, came the law which has been our bulwark and our shield.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • The appeal to Antiquity is fatal to us who are romanticists.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Sounding Mr. Cruncher, and finding him of her opinion, Miss Pross resorted to the Good Republican Brutus of Antiquity, attended by her cavalier.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • In antiquity, Gao Xin, a kind and benevolent Han emperor, was under attack by an evil and ambitious general.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • He had read all the literature of antiquity and forgotten all about it except a general aroma of charm and disillusion.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Clerval did not like it so well as Oxford, for the antiquity of the latter city was more pleasing to him.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Reading Greek mythology had left him, he told me, with a sense of the antiquity of murder and mayhem, but no real explanations.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains

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