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    known of even in ancient times

    1. What does this "known of" mean? I can't get it in the sentence.
    2. Does this "would" mean "past habit" or "willingness"?

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    ex)Once you have smelled the delicious aroma of garlic, you'll never forget it. It is an herb that is widely used in cooking and salads. You may hear of people using it to improve their health. Some say it even has magical powers. This was known of even in ancient times. For instance, a Roman soldier would not go into battle without first eating some garlic...

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    Re: known of even in ancient times

    1. The of can (and probably shou​ld) be omitted. It means 'known about'.

    2. If ordered to go into battle he had no option, so in this context would refers to past habit.

    Rover

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    Re: known of even in ancient times

    Is it a passive tense of "They knew about(of) this"?

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    Re: known of even in ancient times

    It's the passive voice (the passive is not a tense).

    Rover

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