contacts between civilisations in time
A renaissance, on the other hand, is an encounter between a grown-up civilisation and the 'ghost' of its long-dead parent. Though common enough, it may be described as abnormal, and will be found on examination to be often unwholesome. The other encounter between present and past from which renaissances are to be distinguished is the phenomenon which we have called Archaism, using this word to denote attempted reversions to an earlier phase in the development of the society to which the archaizers themselves belong. Toynbee A Study of History, 1934-1961
SCENE V. Another part of the platform.
Enter GHOST and HAMLET
Where wilt thou lead me? speak; I'll go no further.