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Historical Apocalypses in Medieval Bulgarian Literature (10th–14th Centuries)

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During the late Middle Ages interest in historical-apocalyptic works did not decline, on the contrary, such texts continued to be copied in miscellanies. Most surviving copies come from this period. These works remained topical for men of letters as well as readers, as new redactions and variants of earlier translations appeared, and the series of eschatological and apocalyptic texts continued to be of constant interest. Functioning within the wide borders of "low" literature, the apocryphal prophecies reveal the interaction of biblical apocalypses and eschatology with folklore and mythological thought. As part of the Bulgarian and the Balkan written traditions, they show and prove the continuity between the First and Second Bulgarian Kingdoms. The Bulgarian tradition was formed not only through the reception of Byzantine texts, but also by the transformation of such texts, and more importantly, by the creation of an impressive number of original works.

Keywords: apocalyptic literature; Balkan written traditions; Bulgarian written tradition; Byzantine texts; mythological thought

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