at the beginning

See: ab initio
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In the Alexandrian Age these poems were arranged in chronological order, apparently by Zenodotus of Ephesus, at the beginning of the 3rd century B.
The lower-fourth form, in which Tom found himself at the beginning of the next half-year, was the largest form in the lower school, and numbered upwards of forty boys.
It was all very well at the beginning, but I had not reckoned with the future sufficiently to have started with any clear ending in my mind, and as I went on I began to find myself more and more in doubt about it.
I should like her better if I could have begun at the beginning, and so got a fair start.
The two businesses were deemed unitary at the beginning of the next calendar year, with the SBE noting that in the interim the companies had consolidated operational departments, integrated executive staff and centralized production, distribution and their general operation system.
Smartwings, a Czech low-cost airline, will start new services to Heraklion, Palma, Thessalonica and Larnca at the beginning of May 2005.
Under the relevant tax law, the tax consequences of a leasing transaction depend on whether the property to be leased is reasonably expected to have a residual value of 15 percent of its value at the beginning of the lease.
Every word you hear comes from the people represented on stage," a voice announces at the beginning.
At the beginning of most pieces, a "Building Technique" box offers suggestions for preparatory practice exercises to help focus attention on the new musical and technical concepts to be introduced.
I was born in the then Czechoslovakia at the beginning of World War II, subsequently moving to India with my parents and sister after the war as we fled the growing threat of Communism.
This change should simplify compliance with the nondiscrimination tests applicable to 401(k) plans, since employers will know at the beginning of a plan year the amounts that HCEs can defer without violating these rules.
Even though the dollar had previously risen from the historic lows against the yen and the mark recorded in March and April, many market participants still perceived the dollar as undervalued at the beginning of the third quarter, but they remained unsure of factors or conditions that might prompt a sustained upward trend in the dollar's value.