What are the capitalization rules concerning historical time periods? For example, how would I write:

post-classical Europe

Is it:

  • "post-classical Europe"
  • "Post-Classical Europe"
  • "post-Classical Europe"

or none of the above?

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    Jun 6, 2018 at 14:00

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The phrase is "post-classical Europe," just an adjective-noun pair. When referring to the specific term (as in a case where it is defined earlier), use "Post-Classical Europe." You may never need "post-Classical Europe" for any purpose.

Note, of course, that in titles, initial capitals may be used in any case: "Chapter 5. Post-Classical Europe".

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