- the Great Year: a cycle of years, usually a thousand, that begins with a Golden Age, steadily deteriorates, and ends with a universal catastrophe, either a fire or a flood.
Examples from the Web for magnus
Another Maximus factor is the august Roman -us ending, with other names like Atticus, Cassius, Augustus and Magnus heating up.Top Baby Names of the Future
Pamela Redmond Satran/Nameberry, Linda Rosenkrantz
December 11, 2009
After all, this is only what might have been expected of the favorite pupil of Albertus Magnus.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
Magnus is a solemn old fool; far too much of a fool to be an assassin.The Innocence of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
One ring had belonged to Bishop Magnus his uncle, and the other to his father Thorvald.Epic and Romance
W. P. Ker
Magnus, as he grew up, showed an ugly and revengeful temper.
This may be seen in the name the people gave him, which was that of Magnus the Good.
Word Origin and History for magnus
Scandinavian masc. proper name, popular with early kings, the first to use it was Magnus I, king of Norway and Denmark (d.1047), who evidently took it in emulation of Charlemagne (Latin Carolus Magnus) under the impression that magnus (Latin, literally "great;" see magnate) was a personal name.