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ancient

1. of the far past, esp before the collapse of the Western Roman Empire (476 ad)
2. Law having existed since before the time of legal memory
3. a member of a civilized nation in the ancient world, esp a Greek, Roman, or Hebrew
4. one of the classical authors of Greek or Roman antiquity
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If history had retained the conception of the ancients it would have said that God, to reward or punish his people, gave Napoleon power and directed his will to the fulfillment of the divine ends, and that reply, would have been clear and complete.
Science does not admit the conception of the ancients as to the direct participation of the Deity in human affairs, and therefore history ought to give other answers.
Digging about the obstacle, I presently loosened it, and when I had withdrawn it from its sepulcher I found the thing to be an ancient brick of clay, baked in an oven.
Of the ancient population there was not a trace left.
Not very different from Descartes in his relation to ancient philosophy is his successor Spinoza, who lived in the following generation.
According to my idea, we must see in this appellation of the Red Sea a translation of the Hebrew word `Edom'; and if the ancients gave it that name, it was on account of the particular colour of its waters.
He was too occupied with his own vision, and vividly burned before him the sordid barrenness of a poorhouse ward, where an ancient, very like what he himself would become, maundered and gibbered and drooled for a crumb of tobacco for his old clay pipe, and where, of all horrors, no sip of beer ever obtained, much less six quarts of it.
At the same time he exacted of his people an oath that when they journeyed to the land of Canaan they would bear his bones with them and bury them in the ancient inheritance of his fathers.
These three families, together with the many extinct genera on the several lines of descent diverging from the parent-form A, will form an order; for all will have inherited something in common from their ancient and common progenitor.
Remained awake, as dawn paled the dark, only the grievously wounded or the too-tightly bound, and the decrepit ancient who was not so old as Bashti.
The word suited the author's purpose in two material respects, for, first, it had an ancient English sound; and secondly, it conveyed no indication whatever of the nature of the story.
He had come upon an ancient well--but what was the purpose of the connection between the well and the dungeon in which he had been hidden?