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Apocalypse. an Alexandrian World Chronicle (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library)

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This volume contains two texts that crossed the Mediterranean in Late Antiquity. The Apocalypse of Pseudo-Methodius was one of the first works composed in response to the Arab invasions and the establishment of the Muslim empire in the seventh century. In a matter of decades, it was translated from its original Syriac into Greek and from Greek into Latin. (Both the Greek and Latin texts are presented here.) The Apocalypse enjoyed immense popularity throughout the Middle Ages, informing expectations of the end of the world, responses to strange and exotic invaders like the Mongols and Turks, and even the legendary versions of the life of Alexander the Great. An Alexandrian World Chronicle (Excerpta Latina Barbari) was considered important by no less a humanist than Joseph Scaliger. He recognized it as a representative of an early stage in the Christian chronicle tradition that would dominate medieval historiography. The original Greek text may have been a diplomatic gift from the court of Justinian to a potential ally among Frankish royalty, translated two centuries later by the Franks themselves in their efforts to convert the pagan Saxons. In addition to presenting a universal chronicle with a comprehensive ethnography and geography, the Excerpta offer a Euhemeristic narrative of the gods and another account of Alexander.

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The Apocalypse informed medieval expectations of the end of the world, responses to strange and exotic invaders, and the legend of Alexander the Great. An Alexandrian World Chronicle represented the early Christian chronicle tradition that would dominate medieval historiography. Both crossed the Mediterranean in Late Antiquity.

About the Author

Benjamin Garstad is Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Humanities, Grant MacEwan University.

Grant MacEwan University

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674053076
Author:
Garstad, Benjamin (edt)
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Pseudo-Methodius
Author:
Garstad, Benjamin
Author:
Pseudo-Methodiu
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
Subject:
History - Medieval
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library
Series Volume:
14
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance
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Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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