What is ancient?

  • (adj): Belonging to times long past especially of the historical period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire.
    Example: "Ancient history"; "ancient civilizations such as those of the Etruscans and Sumerians"; "ancient Greece"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on ancient:

Alfred Rosenberg - Religious Theories
... He believed that this had been embodied in early Indo-European religions, notably ancient European (Celtic, Germanic, Baltic, Roman) paganism ... claim that Jesus was a member of an Indo-European, Nordic enclave resident in ancient Galilee who struggled against Judaism ... interpreters of Christianity versus historically dominant Judaeo-Christianity moreover these ancient, externally Christian metaphysical forms were more "organically compatible with the Nordic sense of the ...
History Of Classical Music Traditions - Classical Music - Greece
... Greek written history extends far back into Ancient Greece, and was a major part of ancient Greek theater ... In ancient Greece, mixed-gender choruses performed for entertainment, celebration and spiritual reasons ... Music was an important part of education in ancient Greece, and boys were taught music starting at age six ...
Thebes, Greece
... In ancient times, Thebes was the largest city of the region of Boeotia and was the leader of the Boeotian confederacy ... It was a major rival of ancient Athens, and sided with the Persians during the 480 BC invasion under Xerxes ... Age and forward citadel), and scattered ancient remains ...
Hipponax
... Hipponax (Ancient Greek Ἱππῶναξ), of Ephesus and later Clazomenae, was an Ancient Greek iambic poet who composed verses depicting the vulgar side of life in Ionian society in the sixth century BC ... He was celebrated by ancient authors for his malicious wit (especially for his attacks on some contemporary sculptors, Bupalus and Athenis), and he was reputed to ... Ancient literary critics credited him with inventing literary parody and "lame" poetic meters suitable for vigorous abuse, as well as with influencing comic dramatists such as Aristophanes ...
Chariot
... of horse carriage used in both peace and war as the chief vehicle of many ancient peoples ... The chariot, driven by a charioteer, was used for ancient warfare during the bronze and the iron ages ... In ancient Rome and other ancient Mediterranean countries a biga required two horses, a triga three, and a quadriga required four horses abreast ...

More definitions of "ancient":

  • (adj): Very old.
    Example: "An ancient mariner"

Famous quotes containing the word ancient:

    I summon to the winding ancient stair;
    Set all your mind upon the steep ascent,
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    Thou art not, Penshurst, built to envious show,
    Of touch or marble; nor canst boast a row
    Of polished pillars, or a roof of gold;
    Thou hast no lantern whereof tales are told,
    Or stair, or courts; but stand’st an ancient pile,
    Ben Jonson (1572–1637)

    There was about all the Romans a heroic tone peculiar to ancient life. Their virtues were great and noble, and these virtues made them great and noble. They possessed a natural majesty that was not put on and taken off at pleasure, as was that of certain eastern monarchs when they put on or took off their garments of Tyrian dye. It is hoped that this is not wholly lost from the world, although the sense of earthly vanity inculcated by Christianity may have swallowed it up in humility.
    Herman Melville (1819–1891)