Word Origin & History
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).