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Designating elements, largely unconscious, in the psyche which are remnants of humankind's prehistoric past and which reappear in dreams and other symbolic manifestations.


Antiquated or old fashioned, but when used in connection with Greek architecture refers to a specific period, c. 600-500 B.C.



an early stage in the historical development of any kind of phenomenon.

The term “archaic” is used primarily in art scholarship to designate the early period of ancient Greek fine art (seventh-sixth centuries B.C.). It refers to the time of the formation of monumental pictorial and architectural forms. During the archaic period the Doric and Ionic architectural orders came into being. The principal types of monumental sculpture were statues of naked athletic youths (kouros) and draped maidens (kore). In vase painting, the black-figured style reached its high point in the middle and the third quarter of the sixth century B.C., and the red-figured style around 530 B.C. Greek archaic art managed to attain certain humanistic traits and still preserve the integrity characteristic of a very old culture.


Iskusstvo stran i narodov mira, vol. 1. Moscow, 1962. Pages 553–60. (Encyclopedia.)
Vseobshchaia istoriia iskusstv, vol. 1. Moscow, 1956. Pages 161–80.
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It is an aspect of her benevolence when Verduin concedes "that Updike's women do indeed evoke gender patterns archaically entrenched in Western culture--primarily .
Leaving such archaically secretive, individualistic initiatives behind, in the new historical context the working class ought to take up forms of overt, unarmed subversion on a mass scale.
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While no diminishment of either tradition seems implied, then, the interweaving of archaically phrased citations from Buile Suibhne with colloquial, twentieth-century conversation does serve to pull Sweeny's tale from its proper context.
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