human history from the earliest records to the end of the classical periods

Antiquity refers to ancient times, former ages long since past.


  • The discoveries of modern science do not disagree with the oldest traditions which claim an incredible antiquity for our race. Within the last few years geology, which previously had only conceded that man could be traced as far back as the tertiary period, has found unanswerable proofs that human existence antedates the last glaciation of Europe — over 250,000 years! A hard nut, this, for Patristic Theology to crack; but an accepted fact with the ancient philosophers.(3)
    We can judge, moreover, of the lofty civilization reached in some periods of antiquity by the historical descriptions of the ages of the Ptolemies, yet in that epoch the arts and sciences were considered to be degenerating, and the secret of a number of the former had been already lost. In the recent excavations of Mariette-Bey, at the foot of the Pyramids, statues of wood and other relics have been exhumed, which show that long before the period of the first dynasties the Egyptians had attained to a refinement and perfection which is calculated to excite the wonder of even the most ardent admirers of Grecian art.(5)
    It is to the priceless and accurate translations of the Vedic Books, and to the personal researches of Dr. Haug, that we are indebted for the corroboration of the claims of the hermetic philosophers. That the period of Zarathustra Spitama (Zoroaster) was of untold antiquity, can be easily proved.(7)
  • In order to demonstrate that the notions which the ancients entertained about dividing human history into cycles were not utterly devoid of a philosophical basis, we will close this chapter by introducing to the reader one of the oldest traditions of antiquity as to the evolution of our planet. At the close of each "great year," called by Aristotle — according to Censorinus — the greatest, and which consists of six sars* our planet is subjected to a thorough physical revolution. The polar and equatorial climates gradually exchange places; the former moving slowly toward the Line, and the tropical zone, with its exuberant vegetation and swarming animal life, replacing the forbidding wastes of the icy poles. This change of climate is necessarily attended by cataclysms, earthquakes, and other cosmical throes. As the beds of the ocean are displaced, at the end of every decimillennium and about one neros, a semi-universal deluge like the legendary Noachian flood is brought about. (30)...(*Berosus... a Chaldean astrologer, at the Temple of Belus, at Babylon, gives the duration of the sar, or sarus, 3,600 years...)

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 30-31.
  • There were giants in the earth in those days.
    • Genesis, VI. 4.
  • Antiquity, what is it else (God only excepted) but man's authority born some ages before us? Now for the truth of things time makes no alteration; things are still the same they are, let the time be past, present, or to come.
    Those things which we reverence for antiquity what were they at their first birth? Were they false?—time cannot make them true. Were they true?—time cannot make them more true. The circumstances therefore of time in respect of truth and error is merely impertinent.
    • John Hales ("The Ever Memorable"), Of Inquiry and Private Judgment in Religion.
  • The ancient and honorable.
    • Isaiah, IX. 15.
  • With sharpen'd sight pale Antiquaries pore,
    Th' inscription value, but the rust adore.
    This the blue varnish, that the green endears;
    The sacred rust of twice ten hundred years.
  • My copper-lamps, at any rate,
    For being true antique, I bought;
    Yet wisely melted down my plate,
    On modern models to be wrought;
    And trifles I alike pursue,
    Because they're old, because they're new.
  • Remove not the ancient landmark.
    • Proverbs, XXII. 28; XXIII. 10.
  • There is nothing new except that which has become antiquated.
    • Motto of the Revue Rétrospective.
  • Nor rough, nor barren, are the winding ways
    Of hoar Antiquity, but strewn with flowers.
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