|Distinction|| Highly advanced intelligence|
Possessors of the ATA gene
|Spoken language(s)||Ancient language|
|Government|| Ancient Council|
The Others (when ascended)
|Out of Stargate universe informations|
|First mention|| "The Torment of Tantalus" (writing)|
"The Fifth Race" (namely mentioned)
|First appearance|| "Maternal Instinct" (ascended form)|
"Frozen" (human form)
The Ancients (also called Ancestors by the Pegasus galaxy inhabitants, Lanteans or Anquietas in their own language) were a group of Alterans who left their home to flee an other group called the Ori. They settled first in the Milky Way galaxy where the spread life. They eventually left the galaxy for the Pegasus galaxy where they spread life once more. 10,000 years ago, the latest Ancients fled their planet for Earth. Some of them died. The others ascended on a higher plane of existence.
- "In fact, they were first. We're the second evolution of this form, the Ancients having explored this galaxy for millions of years before..."
- —Dr. Carson Beckett to Major John Sheppard (SGA: "Rising", Part 1)
More than 50 millions years ago, the Ancients, known as the Alteran, lived on Celestis, located in the Alteran home galaxy. Yet, two factions with opposite views rise one against the other. The first one, the Ori, (Stargate: The Ark of Truth).