ancient history


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ancient history

slang Something that is very outdated or totally forgotten (often in favor of a more recent development). Oh, Jack is ancient history, we broke up weeks ago! Her interest in photography is ancient history now that she's started doing yoga.
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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.
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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.
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ancient history

n. someone or something completely forgotten, especially past romances. (see also history.) That business about joining the army is ancient history.
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This means ancient history matters, and that makes it interesting.
No other period of history better approximates to the condition of science fiction, offering to a mass audience the sense of a world that is both utterly strange and eerily familiar; and it is this, even as the formal study of antiquity has declined, which has enabled ancient history consistently to punch above its weight.
Best known among his books is The Decline of the Roman Empire in the West (1946), reprinted as The Awful Revolution (1969), in which he attempted he make ancient history relevant to the modern world.
Campaigner Tom Harrison, Professor of ancient history at Liverpool university, said: "I am delighted sixth-formers will continue to have the opportunity to study its origins in the ancient world.
Spawforth, a professor of ancient history, traces the diffusion of classical Greek architecture throughout the Mediterranean region and East Asia.
A school has been given two awards for the standard of its ancient history department.
Robert Moss is a world-renowned dream explorer, a shamanic counselor, a bestselling novelist and a former magazine editor and professor of ancient history at the Australian National University.
Arguments for Stillness is an anthology of free-verse poems that range in composition from vulgar curse words to pop culture, slices of everyday life, ancient history, and nods to allegorical references from classic literature and drama.
Our schoolbook ancient history still emphasizes places like Egypt and Mesopotamia, even though we have a perfectly good, rich and fascinating history right here that goes back at least 10,000 years.
While mulling over whether I would submit to an interview, I jotted down thoughts I had about Judaism's ancient history and how I believed that the intention of the Third Reich was to not only kill Jews, but to obliterate the history of the Jews.
My own experience as a kid with ancient history was pretty dismal.
But the shortchanging of the city by about $400 per student 15 years ago is ancient history.
Latin American currency devaluations of the late 1990s seem like ancient history.
Years from now, when these farms are ancient history, an expedition with such a woman might come along.
ONE OF THE great travel adventures foe many is Egypt, one of the oldest continuous civilizations in the world and one of the few places where one can truly touch ancient history.
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