Does "ancient" mean forgotten?

"Before It Mattered" I'd rather feel the cold slice of shale breaking my bones, I'd rather be an unclaimed fortune under miles of earth, I would rather be a spotted pony dying of thirst, on a battlefield of stench, and rather than looking through the dust of those before me, I... show more "Before It Mattered"

I'd rather feel the cold slice of shale
breaking my bones,
I'd rather be an unclaimed fortune
under miles of earth,
I would rather
be a spotted pony dying of thirst,
on a battlefield of stench,

and rather than looking
through the dust of those before me,
I would
rather be
sipping blood and wine in Antioch,
with Roman heathens
and fishing from the ancient lake.
I understand only the calm sound
of clicking pebbles
in my boots
as I imagine
Caesar in a robe of thorns,
with Christ standing on his neck,
rather than kneeling
in his shadow.
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