A professor (of Mathematics) from Greece told me the word αἰών means "century."
Of course we know its derivatives (such as αἰώνιος) have a range of meaning in the New Testament and the Septuagint including "forever" as well as "age-long" and so forth.
My question: Does anyone know any instance of usage close to the beginning of Christianity -- to be more precise, let's just say from about 300 B.C. to 300 A.D. -- where the meaning of "century" is clearly indicated?
Expansion/possible example: At Revelation 20:10 we have εις τους αιωνας των αιωνων (into the ages of the ages, as many translations have it) but if the idea here is for centuries of centuries, then the tens of thousands of years in view would perhaps fit in nicely with the mention earlier in the verse of the beast and false prophet having been tossed in prior to the millenium. (Of course, all this is moot if aion was not used that way in 1st century Greek.)