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archaic [ahr-key-ik]

1.marked by the characteristics of an earlier period; antiquated:an archaic m anner; an archaic notion. 2.(of a linguistic form) commonly used in an earlier time but rare inpresentday usage except to suggest the older time, as inreligious rituals or historical novels. Examples: thou; wast;methinks; forsooth. 3.forming the earliest stage; prior to full development: the archaicperiod of psy choanalytic research. 4.( often initial capital letter ) pertaining to or designating the styleof the fine arts, especially painting and sculpture, developed inGreece from the middle 7th to the early 5th century b.c., chieflycharacterized by an increased empha sis on the human figure inaction, naturalistic proportions and anatomical stru cture,simplicity of volumes, forms, or design, and the evolution of adefinitive style for the narrative treatment of subject matter.Compare classical ( def 6 ) , Hellenistic ( def 5 ) . 5.primitive; ancient; old: an archaic form of animal life.

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Dictionary entry overview: What does archaic mean?

ARCHAIC (adjective) The adjective ARCHAIC has 2 senses: 1. so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period 2. little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type Familiarity information: ARCHAIC used as an adjective is rare.

ARCHAIC (adjective)

Sense 1
Meaning: So extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period Synonyms: antiquated; archaic; antediluvian Context examples: a ramshackle antediluvian tenement / antediluvian ideas / archaic laws Similar: old (of long duration; not new)

Sense 2
Meaning: Little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type Synonyms: archaic; primitive Context examples: archaic forms of life / primitive mammals / the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe Similar: early (being or occurring at an early stage of development)

THERE A FEW TYPE OF ARCHAIC IN HUMAN CIVILIZATION The one in my research is I need to find archaic sign,figure and writing..

1st ill show you the archaic sign that being used in some old human civilization that use the sign for numerical.

2nd one is archaic figure

For other uses of "Kouros", see Kouros (disambiguation).

Kroisos Kouros, ca. 530 BC.

A kouros (plural kouroi, Ancient Greek ) is the modern term given to those representations of male youths which first appear in the Archaic period in Greece. The term kouros, meaning (male) youth, was first proposed for what were previously thought to be depictions of Apollo by V. I. Leonardos in 1895 in relation to the youth from Keratea and adopted by Lechat as a generic term for the standing male figure in 1904. Such statues are found across the Greek-speaking world, the preponderance of these were found in sanctuaries of Apollo with more than one hundred from the sanctuary of Apollo Ptoios, Boeotia, alone. These free-standing sculptures were typically marble, but also the form is rendered in limestone, wood, bronze, ivory and terracotta. They are typically life-sized, though early colossal examples are up to 3 meters tall. The female sculptural counterpart of the Kouros is the Kr or Kor (Plural: Korai or Korai).


Kleobis and Biton, (Delphi:Archaeological Museum)

The kouros type appears to have served several functions. It is certain that it was used to represent the god Apollo, as attested by its depiction on a vase painting in the presence of suppliants, as does the description of the statue of the Pythian Apollo at Samos by Diodoros as "Egyptian works, with his arms hanging by his sides and his legs parted". However, not all kouroi are images of a deity; many have been discovered in cemeteries where they most likely served as commemorative tombstones of the deceased, also the type was used as a memorial for victors in the games (like trophies) (Pausanias describes the statue of Arrhichion, an Olympic pankratiast, as in the kouros scheme), and some kouroi have been found in sanctuaries other than that of Apollo. Indeed some kouroi placed in sanctuaries were not inscribed with the name of the god but with a mortal, for example the 'Delphi Twins' Kleobis and Biton were honoured for their piety with matching kouroi. A direct influence between Egyptian monumental sculpture (in particular the figure of Horus) and the kouros type has long been conjectured, not least of all because of known trade and cultural relations that had existed since the mid-seventh century. A 1978 study by Eleanor Guralnick applied stereophotogrammetric measurement and cluster analysis to a number of Greek and Egyptian statues and found the correlation between the Second Canon of the 26th Dynasty and Greek kouroi to be widely distributed but not universal.

3 one is archaic writing Archaicism In language, an archaism (from the Ancient Greek: , archaks, 'old-fashioned, antiquated', ultimately , archaos, 'from the beginning, ancient') is the use of a form of speech or writing that is no longer current. This can either be done deliberately (to achieve a specific effect) or as part of a specific jargon (for example in law) or formula (for example in religious contexts). Many nursery rhymes contain archaisms. Archaic elements that occur only in certain fixed expressions (for example 'be that as it may') are not considered to be archaisms.


Example below.

30 Archaic Adjectives and Adverbs

by Mark Nichol

The words below are either obsolete, archaic, or old-fashioned, and though those in the latter category can still be found in modern writing, use all with caution. Sparing use keeps these words alive and adds a whimsical or quaint note, but too frequent recourse to such antiquities will have you sounding like a Renaissance Faire refugee. (Most are adjectives or adverbs or both; some can function as other parts of speech as well, as indicated.) 1. Anon (adv.): soon, or later (They will arrive anon; I will reveal more anon) 2. Aright (adv.): correctly (Did I hear aright?) 3. Athwart (adj., prep.): across (The locked chest lay athwart the planks) 4. Belike (adv.): probably (Belike we are more similar than you think) 5. Enow (adj., adv.): enough (If I had loved enow, I would be a happier man) 6. Fain (adj., adv.): willing, compelled, inclined, pleased (Fain am I to hear you sing) 7. Forsooth (adv.): indeed (Forsooth, I do believe you envy him) 8. Forthwith (adv.): immediately (Carry this message forthwith) 9. Froward (adj.): contrary, adverse (His horse was froward, and threw him when he set his spurs) 10. Heretofore (adv.): up to this time (Heretofore, I had not believed it possible) 11. Hither (adj., adv.): to this place (Come hither when you are able) 12. Hitherto: see heretofore 13. Lief (adj., adv.): beloved (You are my lief friend); willing (I would as lief be beside you now) 14. Mayhap (adv.): perhaps (Mayhap we shall see them tomorrow) 15. Meet (adv.): appropriate (It is meet that you do so) 16. Nary (adj.): not any or not one (Nary a sign have I seen of him) 17. Natheless (adv.): nevertheless (Though it is dangerous, natheless will I go) 18. Needs (adv.): necessarily (I must needs be heard so that all shall know) 19. Nigh (adj., adv.; prep.): near, nearly, direct (Those who pursue are nigh upon us) 20. Peradventure (adj., adv., prep.): see mayhap (also n.: a doubt or chance) 21. Posthaste (adj., adv., n.): immediate (Your posthaste reply is appreciated); as

quickly as possible (We will arrive posthaste) 22. Puissant (adj.): powerful (She is a puissant adversary) 23. Sith (adv.): since (Sith that time, I have wept often over the memory) 24. Strait (adj., adv.): narrow, or strict or rigorous (I would have you be strait in your habits) 25. Thither (adj., adv.): there, on the other or farther side (Our host took us thither; What you seek is in the thither valley) 26. Verily (adv.): certainly, truly, with confidence (Verily, I did see it with my own eyes) 27. Whereof (adv., conj.): of what (Whereof have you seen in the world?) 28. Withal (adv., prep.): besides, nevertheless (Though you may be right, I withal must see for myself) 29. Yare (adj.): agile, handy, ready (Shes a yare vessel, all right) 30. Yon (adj., adv., pron.): over there (I ride to yon village; What do you see yon?)