fit for the gods of old to behold

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chopin7

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Albanian
Hello

It's the movie "A little chaos".
The sentence is this,
"Versailles shall be the heart of our kingdom, inhabited by the finest examples of humanity,
fit for the gods of old to behold and finding their echo in gardens where each new turn
brings another excitement."

It's Louis XIV speech.
"Of old" mean simply "of old times" or is it something more?

Thank you
 
  • velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    I don't think there are any gods who date from modern times :D. I suppose the meaning is "the gods that were worshipped in olden times", i.e. in (Greek and Roman) antiquity.
     

    chopin7

    Senior Member
    Albanian
    Thank you, Velisarius.
    Is it common this form "of old" or is it something which belong to "old"?
     

    PaulQ

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    UK
    English - England
    I understand "gods of old" as being pre-christian gods, who, for the most part, are not presently worshipped.

    of old -> ancient; bygone; past. Mostly poetic/literary style.
     
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