I like old things.
Old songs, movies and TV shows, comic books...I have a lot of respect for works that stand the test of time. Such things generate in me feelings of admiration, nostalgia, and sometimes even a sense of heartwarming familiarity.
Ancient is something else entirely.
There is great weight and great majesty to Ancient.
It is old beyond most people's casual understanding of just how old we're talking about.
Ancient implies a mystery derived from knowledge that has been lost and not necessarily hidden.
Ancient is a puzzle whose clues are also puzzles.
Ancient places things very far away from us. Time becomes distance. The time and place when and where Ancient occurred no longer exists. Only the shadows of that world remain.
Old is comforting. Ancient can be scary.