the ancients

plural noun

: the people who lived in ancient times : the people of ancient Greece and Rome
a temple built by the ancients
the gods of the ancients

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Recent Examples on the Web The item in question was a 1,000-year-old astrolabe, a tool designed by the ancients for celestial navigation, telling time and reading horoscopes. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Mar. 2024 That healing facilities would be located next to cult sites is a reflection of how faith and medicine were intertwined in the minds of the ancients, explains Caldwell. Elizabeth Heath, Discover Magazine, 17 Feb. 2024 Judging from tribal stories and archaeological findings, the ancients were ingenious in their ability to survive in this parched desert landscape. Los Angeles Times, 28 Aug. 2022 Majanga and his fellow guides are torchbearers for the ancients, the modern-day storytellers of Tsodilo Hills. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 1 June 2022 There's a comfort and a peculiar beauty in that, stretching across the centuries from the ancients to our own times. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 5 May 2022 Southern Ukraine, where Russian troops are now besieging cities and bombing hospitals, was well known to the ancients. Timothy Snyder, The New Yorker, 28 Apr. 2022 Foaming Clay Cleanser, which operates similar to the soap paste the ancients used. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 7 Apr. 2022 That’s how the ancients discovered five of the planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Vahe Peroomian, The Conversation, 4 Apr. 2022

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