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Joachim Of Fiore: From The Status To The "Last Emperor"

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Joachim of Fiore (c.11351202) is commonly known by the epithet of the Calabrian Abbot. Joachim is one of the strongest promoters of the theory of the Pater Angelicus, which transfers to the person of the pope the leading role during the period that would anticipate the coming of the antichrist. Joachim of Fiore s most important contribution concerning historical periodization is certainly his inclusion of Augustine s seventh age within the historical time frame. The expectation of a last Roman emperor plays a very important role in the development of medieval apocalyptic expectations in the East as well as in the West. The figure of the Angelic Pope probably arises in Joachim s system because the abbot understood the main leaders of the history of the chosen people as priestly figures.

Keywords: Angelic Pope; Augustine; Joachim of Fiore; Roman emperor



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