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Book chapter

"Gli ultimi cinque centenni" (6500-7000): sulla cronologia della escatologia antico-russa

P. 151-159.
Translator: F. Romoli.

The article deals with dynamics of eschatological expectations in mediaeval Rus’ and its impact on the development of ecclesiastical culture. The period 992-1492 can be viewed as stretching between two great millenial dates -- 6500 and 7000, the middle of the seventh millenium and the end of it. It is demonstrated that round dates like 6600 AM (1092) and 6700 AM (1192) were also perceived as special and prophetic times. They triggered much of eschatological agitation and elicited various forms of response on the part of lay and ecclesiastical elite.