sil'ver age'

1. Class. Myth.the second of the four ages of humankind, inferior to the golden age but superior to the bronze age that followed: characterized by an increase of impiety and of human weakness.
2. (usually caps.) a period in Latin literature,a.d.c14–138, following the Augustan Age: the second phase of classical Latin. Cf. golden age (def. 3).

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