- Usually the ancients . the civilized peoples, nations, or cultures of antiquity, as the Greeks, Romans, Hebrews, and Egyptians.
- the writers, artists, and philosophers of ancient times, especially those of Greece and Rome.
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Regenerative agriculture dates back at least to biblical times, when the ancients practiced rudimentary crop rotation by letting their fields lie fallow in order to keep the soil rich with nutrients.Allbirds is stepping up for the planet—by treading lightly on it|sheilamarikar|September 21, 2020|Fortune
George Poinar, an entomologist and paleontologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis who described the ancient cricket, stands by his conclusions.
The evidence of ancient cricket sperm is less clear, he says.
Microraptor, which lived some 120 million years ago alongside ancient birds, is distantly related to Aves.Readers ask about Microraptors, an X-ray map of the sky and more|Science News Staff|September 20, 2020|Science News
Those developing embryos were reverting into ants that looked more like their ancient endosymbiont-free ancestors.How Two Became One: Origins of a Mysterious Symbiosis Found|Viviane Callier|September 9, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Historical justifications for most modern celebrations can be found in the ancient world.
Ancient Romans exchanged gifts of figs and honey and would make sure to work part of the day as a good omen for the coming year.
The ancient Egyptian festival of Wepet Renpet (“opening of the year”) was not just a time of rebirth—it was dedicated to drinking.
So, for that matter, was Gladiator, the previous foray into ancient legend by director Ridley Scott.
Smiles, or lack thereof, did not bring down the Ancient Regime, of course.
Our mood becomes so mediæval as to almost make the ancient stained glass seem contemporary.Stained Glass Tours in France|Charles Hitchcock Sherrill
It is impossible to place the ancient town of Tibet accurately.The Gates of India|Thomas Holdich
All the ancient stories told of him by Whig enemies were revived, and believed by those who had long treated them with contempt.Martin Van Buren|Edward M. Shepard
One of the most ancient arithmetics was written by the mathematician Record, who lived from the year 1500 to 1558.Child Life in Colonial Days|Alice Morse Earle
Take up the love poems, elegies, fairy tales and prayers of the ancient Egyptians.The Literature of Ecstasy|Albert Mordell