Augustan age
Augustan Au*gus"tan, a. [L. Augustanus, fr. Augustus. See {August}, n.] 1. Of or pertaining to Augustus C[ae]sar or to his times. [1913 Webster]

2. Of or pertaining to the town of Augsburg. [1913 Webster]

{Augustan age} of any national literature, the period of its highest state of purity and refinement; -- so called because the reign of Augustus C[ae]sar was the golden age of Roman literature. Thus the reign of Louis XIV. (b. 1638) has been called the Augustan age of French literature, and that of Queen Anne (b. 1664) the Augustan age of English literature.

{Augustan confession} (Eccl. Hist.), or confession of Augsburg, drawn up at Augusta Vindelicorum, or Augsburg, by Luther and Melanchthon, in 1530, contains the principles of the Protestants, and their reasons for separating from the Roman Catholic church. [1913 Webster]


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