ancient history


Definition of ancient history

1 : the history of ancient times
2 : something from the past dismissed as no longer important or relevant to the present regarding their former dispute as ancient history

Examples of ancient history in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Archaeologists commonly divide ancient history into ages of stone, bronze and iron. Washington Post, "How wood shaped human history, from spears to boats to books," 31 Dec. 2020 Though Tankus is best known for his technical analyses of Federal Reserve policy, his own thinking here draws as much on ancient history or anthropological research into religion and kinship as cold, hard economics. Alex Yablon, The New Republic, "This Year’s Underground Sensation: Modern Monetary Theory," 31 Dec. 2020 Hemp, a species of cannabis that does not create a marijuana-like high, has an ancient history with usage dating back centuries. CBS News, "Can farming hemp help fight climate change?," 14 Nov. 2020 Over decades of travel, certain examples of ancient history have remained very clear in my mind; the mosaics of Carthage, Tunisia, are some of the most vivid. Richard Mason, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | RICHARD MASON: A volunteer can make a difference," 13 Dec. 2020 Anyone who studied ancient history knows that a general as triumphant as Foles either becomes emperor or is exiled to a barren Mediterranean island, and quarterback disputes are typically resolved similarly. New York Times, "This Eagles’ No-Win Quarterback Predicament Isn’t Like the Last One," 9 Dec. 2020 This is particularly fitting, considering that the light that reaches us from these stars today is, in fact, from ancient history., "Looking at the night sky is like peering back into ancient history for photographers," 1 Dec. 2020 Hey, the memory can play tricks, and that’s ancient history. Scott Ostler,, "Would Donald Trump or Joe Biden be the better Sports Commander in Chief?," 30 Oct. 2020 Brennan cited not-too-ancient history: In 1968, third-party candidate George Wallace, a segregationist from Alabama, stoked fears involving the Electoral College. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "The Electoral College can pick a president who got less votes. Here's why and how.," 24 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of ancient history

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ancient history.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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