What is open era?

Famous quotes containing the words era and/or open:

    The era of long parades past an official podium filled with cold faces is gone. Celebrating is now a right, not a duty.
    Lothar De Maizière (b. 1940)

    The Moor is of a free and open nature,
    That thinks men honest that but seem to be so,
    And will as tenderly be led by the nose
    As asses are.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)