late 14c., "olden times," from O.Fr. antiquitet
(11c.; Mod.Fr. antiquité
), from L. antiquitatem
) "ancient times, antiquity," noun of quality from antiquus
). Specific reference to ancient Greece and Rome is from mid-15c.; meaning "quality of being old" is from about the same time. Antiquities
"relics of ancient days" is from 1510s.