ancients ancients  /ˈeɪn tʃənts/


  • (n) people who lived in times long past (especially during the historical period before the fall of the Roman Empire in western Europe)


  1. He knew scientists had revived hardy bacterial spores that were hundreds of years old, but they were youngsters compared with his alleged ancients.
  2. To the ancients, wind and sun, sea and forest grove seemed to be informed by inscrutable spirits to whom, in awe and propitiation, they gave human personality and shape.
  3. Olympians still train like the ancients, twirling on the pommel horse for hours, waking up at 6 a.


  1. Scientists Have Found the Ancient Secret of Indestructible Concrete

    For the most part, we humans are better at things than we were thousands of years ago. But there are some things the ancients had down pat. Roman concrete, for instance, is just way better than anything we can whip up today. Finally, after some 2,000 years, modern-day scientists have figured it out . And it's a secret worth knowing. Read more...        
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Gizmodo

  2. IndieCade at E3: 7 Grand Steps

    A group of alligators are stalking one area of the PC roundtable at IndieCade's E3 expo. They're tiny and plastic, and they're all over the laptop for 7 Grand Steps: What Ancients Begat , the first chapter in a new series from longtime indie developer Keith Nemitz, known as Mousechief. I stopped by Mousechief's table to talk about 7 Grand Steps, a board-game-inspired tale of ancient family drama ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Joystiq


  1. "Although cosmology has been around since the time of the ancients, historically it has been dominated by theory and speculation," Smoot said. "Very recently, the era of speculation has given way to a time of science. The advance of knowledge...
    on Oct 3, 2006 By: George F Smoot Source: UC Berkeley

  2. When Burke spoke of the "wisdom of the ancients," he cautioned that decades and centuries of tradition and reverence for institutions should not be disregarded overnight.
    on Mar 26, 2007 By: Edmund Burke Source: Yahoo! News

  3. "I loved art and fables, so it isn't surprising that I was immediately smitten with astronomy," Herschbach said. "The constellations reflect the great mythologies going back to the ancients. That hooked me."
    on Feb 28, 2009 By: Dudley Herschbach Source: Wicked Local Dennis

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