Journal Article

Mapping the End: The Apocalypse in Medieval Cartography

Alessandro Scafi

in Literature and Theology

Volume 26, issue 4, pages 400-416
Published in print December 2012 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online November 2012 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frs049
Mapping the End: The Apocalypse in Medieval Cartography

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Medieval cartographic materials disclose in their portrait of the world a clear emphasis on the coming End of the World: mankind has reached the western limits of the earth; the tribes of Gog and Magog, enclosed by Alexander the Great, are impatient to invade the inhabited world; Enoch and Elijah are waiting patiently in paradise, ready to face death and the Last Things. The angels warn us that the Last Judgment is near; Christ is coming to judge the world. The visual imagery offered by cartographic material sheds light on the complex conception of time and space that developed in medieval Christianity and that emerges from contemporary theological texts.

Journal Article.  7744 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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