Meaning of Century

What is Century:

A century, also called a century, is a time period of one hundred years. As such, it consists of 36,525 days. The word comes from Latin saecŭlum.

It can be said that a century has passed when, counting from one date, a hundred years pass until the same date of the next century. For example: “2005 marked another century since the publication of The Quijote”.

According to the Gregorian calendar, which is the one we currently use to count the years and which takes as its starting point the year designated as the birth of Christ, each century runs from January 1 of year one to December 31 of year one hundred. Thus, the present century, the 21st, would have started on January 1, 2001 and will end on December 31, 2100.

As a century, it is also called the time in which an important event occurred, a highly relevant historical person lived, or something was invented or discovered. Thus, one can speak of the century of Augustus, the century of telecommunications, among other things.

Century is also used to exaggerate an amount of time and, in this sense, it is equivalent to a long time or a very long time: "You haven't been here for a century."

In religion, the century is called society or the secular world, that is, the civil world as opposed to religious life. For example: "As Juana Inés de Asbaje and Ramírez de Santillana Sor Juana Inés de La Cruz was known in the century".

It is also called a century to certain ages or periods of humanity. For example: copper century for copper age or iron century for iron age.

Middle Centuries, meanwhile, is used to indicate the time elapsed between the fall of the Roman Empire and the taking of Constantinople by the Turks.

Golden age

The Golden Age is known as the period of greatest splendor of Spanish culture. Initially, the term was used to characterize the 16th century. Later, however, the concept was extended to the entire period from the 16th to the 17th century. According to historiographic criteria, it begins with the publication of the Castilian grammar from Antonio de Nebrija, in 1492, until the death of Pedro Calderón de la Barca, in 1681.

Century of the lights

As the Age of Enlightenment, also known as the Enlightenment, it was called the cultural and intellectual movement that emerged in Europe that spanned from the late seventeenth century to the beginning of the French Revolution. Its name refers to the need to remove the darkness and ignorance in which the population was with the lights of reason and knowledge. The works produced during this period profoundly influenced the events humanity would experience in subsequent centuries at the political, economic and social levels. One of them was the emancipation of the peoples of America from Spanish rule.

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