Preparing for the Apocalypse

Ronald G. Musto

in Apocalypse in Rome

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780520233966
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928725 | DOI:
Preparing for the Apocalypse

More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)


Show Summary Details


Cola di Rienzo carefully selected a series of images to symbolize for his contemporaries the issues he wanted to bring into public focus and discussion. Since apocalyptic writing offers both consolation to the oppressed and exhortation to resist these very same forces, it can be seen as a form of political rhetoric. It was not until the twelfth century that religious thinkers began to approach the Apocalypse in a new way, more in keeping with the age's historical consciousness, more in key with its attempt to return to evangelical models in order to bring about institutional change and personal reform. Some Romans were convinced by Cola's visual arguments, some thought them meaningless and mockable; and some thought that art and symbols alone could not change society.

Keywords: Cola di Rienzo; Apocalypse; apocalyptic writing; political rhetoric; visual arguments; art; symbols

Chapter.  12127 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.