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archaic of or pertaining to ancient times. [1/3 definitions]
archon a high-ranking magistrate in ancient Athens. [1/2 definitions]
ark of the covenant according to the Old Testament, the sacred chest in which the ancient Hebrews carried the two stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments.
armillary sphere an ancient sighting instrument formed of rings that are arranged in the positions of the tropics, equator, and the like.
as2 an ancient Roman unit of weight equal to approximately twelve ounces; libra. [2 definitions]
Assyria an ancient empire in Southwest Asia between the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean, with an extension into Egypt.
Assyrian the ancient Semitic dialect of Assyria. [1/3 definitions]
astrolabe an instrument used by the ancient Greeks and medieval Arabs to determine the position of heavenly bodies, later replaced by the sextant.
Atlantis a mythical Atlantic island and ancient civilization west of Gibraltar that supposedly sank into the sea.
atrium an enclosed courtyard, esp. in ancient Roman houses or early Christian churches. [1/2 definitions]
augur one who predicts the future or tries to obtain hidden knowledge by interpreting signs and omens, esp. an ancient Roman religious official with such a duty; soothsayer. [1/5 definitions]
aureus an ancient Roman gold coin that was a monetary unit from the reign of Julius Caesar to that of Constantine I.
Baal any of various local deities, usu. fertility gods, worshiped by certain ancient Semitic peoples. [1/2 definitions]
Babylon an ancient city of southwestern Asia, on the Euphrates River. [1/2 definitions]
Babylonia an ancient empire of about 2800-700 B.C. in southwestern Asia at the head of the Persian Gulf.
bacchanal one who worships the ancient Roman wine god Bacchus or takes part in a celebration held by his cult. [1/3 definitions]
Bacchanalia an ancient Roman festival celebrating Bacchus, the god of wine. [1/2 definitions]
ballista an ancient military machine resembling a large crossbow, used to hurl stones and other heavy projectiles.
bard in ancient Celtic times, a person who composed and recited or sang epic poetry. [1/2 definitions]
basilica a large, oblong building of ancient Rome with a series of semicircular apses at one end, used as a public meeting hall or church. [1/2 definitions]
bireme a galley of ancient times, with two tiers of oarsmen on each side.