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The End of the World: Apocalyptic Visions of History

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 4
Module lead
Helen Spurling
Academic year

Module overview

Apocalyptic texts are important because they represent an expression of political turmoil or social and cultural fears. They shed light on attitudes to historical events and to surrounding cultures at crucial periods in the development of world history. ‘The End of the World’ introduces you to the cultural and historical contexts of apocalyptic ideology up to Late Antiquity (Palestine under Greek and Roman rule up to the emergence of Islam). It explores how concepts of the end of time are used to present a response to historical events such as the Jewish War against Rome or the Arab conquests. This module examines the Jewish and Christian communities that produced apocalypses, the historical value of apocalypses in the Ancient World, and what they teach about intercultural relations in this period.

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