From the moment of its founding, the American nation, too, entranced by the Enlightenment and republican ideals, sought to promote a novus ordo seclorum
, an ongoing quest for new order for the ages, permitting the country to preserve exceptionalism in the face of all international pressures toward conformity.
The 1782 Great Seal of the United States, however, includes several Latin phrases, among them E Pluribus Unum ("Out of Many, One") and Novus Ordo Seclorum
("A New Order of the Ages").
They simultaneously exalted over the possibilities, as reflected in the motto they chose for the Great Seal of the United States, Novus Ordo Seclorum
"New Order of the Ages," yet were all too aware from their study of history that decay and destruction had been the ultimate fate of republics everywhere.
The ultimate destiny of the novus ordo seclorum
proclaimed in 1776 is still unfolding and, as Zhou Enlai famously said about the consequences of another revolution, it's too early to tell.
The pocket microscope is great to mess around with, whether you are checking out the rather secretive little "novus ordo seclorum
" sign on the US dollar or scanning a batch of diamonds for your South African "friends", this makes an excellent gift for someone who wants to check stuff out up close.
The founding fathers used the motto "novus ordo seclorum
" (new order of the ages) to show the nation was "a new idea on the world scene," she said.
A pyramid with a breakaway top containing the all-seeing eye and the Latin phrase Novus Ordo Seclorum
states the intent to form a one world secular government, or as politicians put it globalisation.
Below the pyramid, this inscription, "Novus Ordo Seclorum
" (A New Order of the Ages).
From the outset, those involved in establishing the new nation were conscious that they were up to something special: Novus ordo seclorum
("A new order of the ages"), says the Great Seal (as on the dollar bill).
My dollar bill may still praise a "new world order" (novus ordo seclorum
), but I hope we never lose the joys of learning about the many diverse and unique cultures.
Such titles as E Pluribus Unum, Novus Ordo Seclorum
, and Alexander Hamilton: A Biography have earned honored places on fellow scholars' shelves.