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The Last Emperor or the Last Armenian King? Some Considerations on Armenian Apocalyptic Literature from the Cilician Period

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The topos of the revival of the Armenian royal and priestly houses before the End exerted an exceptional influence on Armenian eschatological thought, especially during the Cilician period. Natural signs combined with the millenary of the Resurrection could have provided enough impetus for putting into writing or pronouncing eschatological prophecies. The Vision of St. Nersēs not only describes the Romans/Franks as the conquerors of Jerusalem, it also identifies Romans Eastern or Western is not essential for the particular argument with the fourth beast of Daniel. Twelfth-century Cilician apocalyptic texts rested on several foundational themes. First, they grew out of a turbulent period of Seljuq conquests in Armenia in the eleventh century, including the fall of the Armenian kingdom of the Bagratunis.

Keywords: Armenian kingdom; Daniel; eschatological prophecies; Franks; twelfth-century Cilician apocalyptic texts

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