Cwelfin Jelk (crazy_wood_elf) wrote in little_details,
Cwelfin Jelk

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Just what is a 'Magister'?

I apologise if this post is somewhat misplaced, but I'm pretty sure it's the kind of question that someone here should be able to answer.

Anyway, awhile ago I supposedly 'created' a term which I used to describe a select group of people in my story. I called them 'Magisters', because to me it sounded like a rough cross between 'Magus' (As in magic-user, or someone who posesses uncommon knowledge) and something that sounded quite official (A bit like 'Magistrate'). I randomly decided to type the word into google and I found that Magister is, in fact, a word, and it might just have a vaguely similar connotation to what I had in mind, but I can't find any info!

I've looked on Wikipedia and a few other sites, which simply classify it as some sort of educational qualification, but on, it's defined as a person who held authority, a kind of philosophical teacher. Does anyone know what a 'magister' means in that sort of context, and what kinds of positions/jobs they tended to have? Did people regard them highly, or with contempt?

Also, could someone perhaps explain the root of the word, if at all possible?

Thanks in advance for any info,


PS. Thanks for all the answers to my car crash question, I sincerely appreciate it! =)

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