silver-age

silver age

noun
1.
Classical Mythology. the second of the four ages of humankind, inferior to the golden age but superior to the bronze age that followed: characterized by an increase of impiety and of human weakness.
2.
(usually initial capital letters) a period in Latin literature, a.d. c14–138, following the Augustan Age: the second phase of classical Latin. Compare golden age ( def 3 ).

Origin:
1555–65

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silver age
 
n
1.  (in Greek and Roman mythology) the second of the world's major epochs, inferior to the preceding golden age and characterized by opulence and irreligion
2.  the postclassical period of Latin literature, occupying the early part of the Roman imperial era, characterized by an overindulgence in elegance for its own sake and empty scholarly rhetoric

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