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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SoftBank’s big problem is that the positive news of last quarter already feels like ancient history. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "It’s Hard to Share Masayoshi Son’s Optimistic Vision of SoftBank," 5 Nov. 2018 But as far as a message goes, the 2008 and 2012 campaigns were not exactly ancient history. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Joe Biden is leading the 2020 polls. Here’s what he thinks about policy.," 18 Dec. 2018 The relationship between the Romanovs and the British monarchy are not ancient history for the Windsors. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Romanovs' Relationship with the British Royal Family Is Explored in an Exhibit at Buckingham Palace," 9 Nov. 2018 And even though all art is always experienced in the present, whether the object was made last week or in the 16th century, often that experience is as mysterious and remote as the ancient history of a lost world. Christopher Knight,, "In Iranian art show at LACMA, the past wrestles with the present," 4 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of ancient history

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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