novus

novus ordo seclorum

[noh-woos ohr-doh se-kloh-room; English noh-vuhs awr-doh se-klawr-uhm, -klohr-] .
Latin.
a new order of the ages (is born): motto on the reverse of the great seal of the United States (adapted from Vergil's Eclogues IV:5).
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Novus Ordo Seclorum
on the Great Seal of the United States of America, is apparently an allusion to line 5 of Virgil's "Eclogue IV," in an 18c. edition: Magnus ab integro seclorum nasitur ordo "The great series of ages begins anew." The seal's designer, Charles Thomson, wrote that the words "signify the beginnings of the
New American Era." (see Annuit Coeptis).
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