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

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Sabine Huebner, professor of ancient history at the University of Basel, told Ars. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "After 500 years, a UV lamp solves the mystery of the Basel Papyrus," 19 July 2018 Trump and Putin also appear to agree that Russia should be allowed back into the G7/G8, since Moscow’s 2014 landgrab of Crimea is ancient history at this point. Ian Bremmer, Time, "Trump and Putin Will Call Their Summit a Success. But Don't Expect U.S.-Russia Relations to Improve," 6 July 2018 The days of bipartisan judicial confirmations now seem like ancient history. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Whom Do Red-State Democrats Fear Most?," 11 July 2018 These Witness Trees remind park visitors, of every age, that the Civil War is hardly ancient history. CBS News, "Rooted in history: Gettysburg's "Witness Trees"," 8 July 2018 Casey Sluis, 14, said his primary history interests are American history and ancient history. Bob Goldsborough,, "McClure students compete and excel in National History Bee," 17 June 2018 Russian football has been in crisis for some time, the heady days of a surprise Euro 2008 semifinal berth and UEFA Europa League title runs by a couple clubs now feeling like ancient history. Brian Straus,, "Russia's World Cup Opener Alters Its Narrative, Changes Its Outlook, Pleases Putin," 14 June 2018 That's an astounding number - the highest since all the way back to that Michael Jordan-Karl Malone classic of 1998, ancient history in television-viewership terms. Steven Zeitchik,, "How the NBA Finals are defying TV ratings declines (Hint: LeBron James may not be the reason)," 8 June 2018 The pairing of rebirth with violent death has an ancient history. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "When Blossoms and Bullets Go Together: The Battles of Springtime," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ancient history

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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