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aeternĭtas , ātis, f. id.,
I.eternity.
I. Lit.
A. Of the past and future: “fuit quaedam ab infinito tempore aeternitas, quam nulla temporum circumscriptio metiebatur,Cic. N. D. 1, 9: Tempus generale, quia nec initium nec finem habet, aeternitas est, quam Graeci αἰῶνα appellant, Victorin. in Lib. 1, 26: “Tempus est pars quaedam aeternitatis,Cic. Inv. 1, 26, 39: “immutabilis aeternitas,id. Tim. 5: deum nihil aliud in omni aeternitate cogitantem, id. Div. 1, 41: “haec dicit excelsus et sublimis (Deus) habitans aeternitatem,Vulg. Isa. 57, 15 al.
C. Of the future: “aeternitas animorum,Cic. Tusc. 1, 17, 39 (cf.: “immortalitas animorum,id. ib. 50): “de aeternitate (animorum) dicere,id. ib. 33, 81: “quorum (sc. Herculis, etc.) cum remanerent animi atque aeternitate fruerentur, rite di habiti sunt,id. N. D. 2, 24, 62; id. Sen. 21: “Confer nostram longissimam aetatem cum aeternitate,id. Tusc. 1, 39, 94: “in diem aeternitatis,Vulg. 2 Pet. 3, 18; and plur.: “in perpetuas aeternitates,ib. Dan. 12, 3: in domum aeternitatis suae, to his everlasting home (of death), ib. Eccl. 12, 5.—
II. Meton., of the future, duration, durability, immortality: “cedri materiae aeternitas,Plin. 13, 5, 11, § 53.—
III. Trop., of the future.
B. Spec., in the time of the emperors, a title of the emperor (like divinitas, majestas, and the like), Eternity: “rogatus per aeternitatem tuam, ut, etc.,Plin. Ep. 10, 87 ad Trajan.: “adoratus aeternitatem nostram, Imp. Const. Cod. 11, 9, 2: Quae nostra sanxit aeternitas,Nov. 35 fin.
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