|the underworld inhabited by departed souls, also the god ruling the underworld|
|a monster with the head and breast of a woman, body of a lion and wings of an eagle, who asked riddles to travelers|
|1.||classical myth the first and best age of mankind, when existence was happy, prosperous, and innocent|
|2.||the most flourishing and outstanding period, esp in the history of an art or nation: the golden age of poetry|
|3.||the great classical period of Latin literature, occupying approximately the 1st century |
A period of prosperity or excellent achievement, as in Some consider the baroque period the golden age of choral music. The expression dates from the mid-1500s, when it was first applied to a period of classical Latin poetry.