‘Age of the age’ or ‘ages of the ages’

Wether this is ‘the age of the age’ or the ages of the ages’
(Proslogion Chapter 21)

Wether this is ‘the age of the age’ or the ages of the ages’? For just as an age of time contains all temporal things, so your eternity contains even the very ages of time. This eternity is indeed ‘an age’ because of its indivisible unity, but it is ‘ages’ because of its bounless greatness. And although you are so great , Lord, that all things are full of you and are in you, nonetheless you have no spatial extension, so that there is no middle or half or any other part in you.

additional note on the chapter by Thomas Williams – That is, is it more correct to identify God’s eternity as ‘saeculum saeculi’ or as ‘saecula saeculorum’? Both expressions (usually translated into English as “world without end” or “for ever and ever”) were found in Scripture and in the liturgy.

additional note from wikipedia –A saeculum is a length of time roughly equal to the potential lifetime of a person or the equivalent of the complete renewal of a human population. The term was first used by the Etruscans. Originally it meant the period of time from the moment that something happened (for example the founding of a city) until the point in time that all people who had lived at the first moment had died. At that point a new saeculum would start. According to legend, the gods had allotted a certain number of saecula to every people or civilization; the Etruscans themselves, for example, had been given ten saecula.
By the 2nd century BC, Roman historians were using the saeculum to periodize their chronicles and track wars. At the time of the reign of emperor Augustus, the Romans decided that a saeculum was 110 years. In 17 BC Caesar Augustus organised Ludi saeculares (‘century-games’) for the first time to celebrate the ‘fifth saeculum of Rome’. Later emperors like Claudius and Septimius Severus have celebrated the passing of saecula with games at irregular intervals. In 248, Philip the Arab combined Ludi saeculares with the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Rome ‘ab urbe condita’. The new millennium that Rome entered was called the Saeculum Novum,[citation needed] a term that got a metaphysical connotation in Christianity, referring to the worldly age (hence ‘secular’)


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