Iron Age

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From iron + age, in the mythological sense after Latin saecula ferrea, aetas ferrea; in the archaeological sense after Danish jernalder.

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Iron Age

  1. (mythology) The most recent and debased of the four or five classical Ages of Man; hence, any period characterised by wicked behaviour. [from 16th c.]
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.1.3:
      He that shall examine this iron age wherein we live, where love is cold […] may well ask where is charity?
  2. An age characterised by the use of iron. [from 16th c.]
  3. (archaeology) A level of culture in which Man used iron and the technology of ironworking. (Estimated to have begun in Europe about 1100 BCE) [from 19th c.]

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Last modified on 1 April 2014, at 14:25