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The “Apocalypse” of Methodius of Patara: History and Prophecy in the Christian Encounter with Islam

Christopher Bonura, University of California, Berkeley, Junior Fellow 2017–2018

I carried out research for my PhD dissertation, tracing the dissemination and reception of one of the most influential, though often overlooked, apocalyptic works of the Middle Ages. I did in-depth primary- and secondary-source research, and I consulted microfilm images of a manuscript copy of the Apocalypse. I significantly refined and redirected my argument, focusing on how the Apocalypse of Methodius of Patara reshaped medieval conceptions of the Roman Empire and the role of empire in history. This led to several enormously productive months during which I finished two dissertation chapters. I also completed a conference paper that I presented in October at the 2017 Byzantine Studies Conference. In February I delivered the 2018 Dumbarton Oaks Lecture in Byzantine Studies at Harvard University. I also made major progress on an article on apocalyptic and prophetic notions about Constantinople’s topography in the sixteenth century, which I hope to submit to a journal
for publication.