age defined in 1939 yearage - Age;
age - Term applied to any prolonged period of time which is regarded as having some special characteristic distinguishing it from other prolonged periods. An equivalent term is era. Occasionally, but incorrectly, epoch is used in the same sense, though it should be used only for the starting-point.
There is no limit to the length of the period which may be spoken of as an age. Geologists name ages in accordance with the formation of the earth during periods which may have extended over hundreds of thousands of years. The age of the palaeontologist or anthropologist is named according to the progress of mankind in the use of implementsâ€”the Palaeolithic and Neolithic, the earlier and later stone-periods when he employed flints, not having discovered the use of metals; the bronze age, and the iron age. Quite mythical ages, too, were imagined by the ancients, a golden age when the world was innocent and happy, a silver age of degeneration, a brazen age of violence, and the last and most unholy age of iron. But the world had entered upon the iron age before this conception had taken shape, and has remained in it.
Historians have not established such well-marked divisions under the name of ages, though the name of the Middle Ages is given to the interval between ancient and modern times, roughly speaking, from the 5th to the 15th century. The earlier and longer period of the Middle Ages is also occasionally called the Dark Ages from one point of view, and the Ages of Faith from another. The name age is given to specific sections of time, most commonly taking their title from some prominent personality, such as the Age of Elizabeth, the Age of Louis XIV and the Augustan Age.
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