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The Ancients alphabet    Ancients alphabet

The Ancients alphabet is the written language of the Ancients (Anquietas), a race of highly advanced 'ancient' Humans who evolved in this galaxy millions of years ago. The original version of the Ancients font was first seen in the SG-1 episode "Torment of Tantalus" and was conceptualized by Ivana Vasak. The heavy, block style was inspired by a font used on a 1940s Czech propaganda poster, and the Ancients font was eventually refined and alphabetized by Boyd Godfrey for the pilot episode of Stargate Atlantis. Much of the Ancients text seen on the show contains 'in-jokes' not meant to be read by the viewers.

Notable features

  • The language is written in horizontal lines from left to right, top to bottom. In monumental and decorative inscriptions and short informative signs, spaces are not used between words and all attempts are made to align the letters and sentences in rectangular rows and columns for aesthetic reasons. On normal computer readouts, spaces are used between words.
  • The letters can be stretched and skewed to various widths, heights and font sizes.

Used to write

English and the Ancients language (Lingua Anquietas), a conlang based on Latin.

Ancients alphabet

Ancients alphabet

Sample text in the Ancients alphabet

Sample text in the Ancients alphabet


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

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Official websites

Ancients language

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Fictional alphabets

Ancients' Alphabet, Ath, Atlantean, Aurek-Besh, Cirth, Daedric, D'ni, Dragon Runes, Futurama Alien Alphabet, Gargish, Gnommish, Golic Vulcan, Halo Covenant alphabet, Hylian syllabary (Old), Hylian syllabary (Modern), Hylian alphabet, Klingon, Kryptonian, Marain, Matoran, Romulan, Sarati, Standard Galactic Alphabet, Tsolyáni (Tékumel), Tenctonese, Tengwar, Utopian, Visitor, Zentlardy

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