ancient history


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ancient history

Fig. someone or something from so long ago as to be completely forgotten or no longer important, as a former relationship. Bob? I never think about Bob anymore. He's ancient history. His interest in joining the army is now ancient history.
See also: history

ancient history

A past event, as in She's talking about her sea voyage, but that's ancient history, or And then there was his divorce, but you don't want to hear ancient history. This hyperbolic idiom transfers the field of ancient history to a much-repeated tale.
See also: history

ancient history

n. someone or something completely forgotten, especially past romances. (see also history.) That business about joining the army is ancient history.
See also: history
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Appointed Chair of Latin in 1946 at Liverpool, he progressed to the Chair in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology in 1951, which he held until 1977.
The school's history department was awarded a certificate for best results at AS level by pupils in ancient history in the country and best results at AS level by boys in the same subject at any independent school.
As The World in Ancient Times General Editors Ronald Mellor and Amanda Podany note, ancient history is "often presented to children as a static era with only dusty, old facts to memorize.
Historians divide the ancient history of Egypt into Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms, spanning 30 dynasties and lasting to 330 BC.
The Society of Ancient History says China may be bracing for a border problem that might arise in the event of Korean reunification.
Pinelli and Dupuy were as interested in medieval and contemporary history as they were in ancient history, and they discuss and send one another many new books in all these areas.
Romare Bearden (1911-1988) adopted a range of influences from jazz to popular religion and ritual, from ancient history to modern life.
Yet, prior to 1946, the year Woody Strode and Kenny Washington became the first black players in the NFL's modern era (Jackie Robinson became a Brooklyn Dodger and broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947), that's just the way it was in the upper echelon of professional sports--whites only This is not ancient history, but well within the lifetimes of most Americans.
The Prime Minister's son has just started his ancient history course and university chiefs have issued a tough warning.
history that seems like ancient history to today's undergraduates.
Although the book bears the title Race and the Writing of History, it keeps to the preoccupations of Afrocentrism and, accordingly, should more precisely be called Race and the Writing of Ancient History.
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Zeugma is just one of several newly unearthed cities reshaping ancient history.
RHODES is a Greek island of contrasts with miles of sun-baked beaches, a lush green interior and a wealth of ancient history.
In the multicultural, postcolonial present, West is not always best; the rime of absolute, universal standards is ancient history.
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