He who first opens Chaucer, or any other ancient poet, is so much struck with the obsolete spelling, multiplied consonants, and antiquated appearance of the language, that he is apt to lay the work down in despair, as encrusted too deep with the rust of antiquity
, to permit his judging of its merits or tasting its beauties.
Owing to the vast antiquity
, the style of architecture is somewhat odd, but it is not for that reason the less strikingly picturesque.
reason teaching us that want would make us first invent that which was necessary, and, when that was obtained, then those things which were requisite for the conveniences and ornament of life), so should we conclude the same with respect to a political state; now everything in Egypt bears the marks of the most remote antiquity
, for these people seem to be the most ancient of all others, and to have acquired laws and political order; we should therefore make a proper use of what is told us of them, and endeavour to find out what they have omitted.
Only the stately phraseology and the measured speech of the sons of the Prophet are suited to a venerable antiquity
Zdrzhinski, the officer with the long mustache, spoke grandiloquently of the Saltanov dam being "a Russian Thermopylae," and of how a deed worthy of antiquity
had been performed by General Raevski.
More not less depressing, certainly, to our over-meditative , susceptible, nervous, modern age, than to that antiquity
which was indeed the genial youth of the world, but, sweetly attuned by his skill of touch, it is the sum of what Mr.
The Hymn is doubtless a very ancient form; but if no example of extreme antiquity
survive this must be put down to the fact that until the age of literary consciousness, such things are not preserved.
The modern cheap and fertile press, with all its translations, has done little to bring us nearer to the heroic writers of antiquity
All inquiry into antiquity
, all curiosity respecting the Pyramids, the excavated cities, Stonehenge, the Ohio Circles, Mexico, Memphis,--is the desire to do away this wild, savage, and preposterous There or Then, and introduce in its place the Here and the Now.
Come then, and from thy vast, luxuriant stores, in long antiquity
piled up, pour forth the rich profusion.
the death that comes from no other hand than one's own, he was desirous of elevating it to the position it held in classical antiquity
These fables, indeed, were among the first writings of an earlier antiquity
that attracted attention.