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Introduction to Part II

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This introduction chapter of Part II of the book contains twelve articles reflecting the medieval Armenian reception of apocalyptic narratives, their representation in art, and four studies shining the spotlight on certain aspects of the Manichaean, Syriac, Ethiopic and Bulgarian apocalyptic traditions. Z. Pogossian takes a close look at number of Armenian eschatological texts that surfaced in the eleventh and twelfth centuries at a time of political turmoil and confusion in the wake of fall of Bagratuni Kingdom of northern Armenia, and the arrival in the region of Seljuqs from the east and the Crusaders from the west. The chapter includes four articles illuminating apocalyptic themes in the traditions. Focusing specifically on the Armenian apocalyptic corpus, DiTommaso, in the light of his earlier discussion of ancient and medieval apocalyptic literature, distinguishes between "inherited" texts, both ancient and medieval, and narratives the Armenians themselves composed from late antiquity.

Keywords: Armenian eschatological texts; Bulgarian apocalyptic tradition; Ethiopic apocalyptic tradition; Manichaean apocalyptic tradition; medieval apocalyptic literature; Syriac apocalyptic tradition



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