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The World According to Cosmas Indicopleustes – Concepts and Illustrations of an Alexandrian Merchant and Monk

Faller, Stefan Alfred

In: Transcultural Studies, 1 (2011), pp. 193-232

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In a first step, this article examines the facts and speculations about Cosmas Indicopleustes as a person. His most striking features are the great wealth of information he gathered on his far-reaching voyages as a merchant in early Byzantine times and the strong Nestorian tendencies of his Christian faith. These two constants are the intellectual framework of his Christian Topography, whose aim, structure and manuscript tradition are explained in the second section. The third part deals with the nature and background of Cosmas’ peculiar cosmological model, which he based on theoretical and biblical considerations. The forth part concentrates on Cosmas’ description of far eastern trade connections, as well as on his interest in the flora and fauna of India and Africa. Here, Cosmas largely drew on personal experience.The article presents both original passages from the Christian Topography and examples of the unique illustrations displayed in the old manuscripts.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Transcultural Studies
Volume: 1
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2011 09:47
Date: 2011
Page Range: pp. 193-232
Faculties / Institutes: Service facilities > Exzellenzcluster Asia and Europe in a Global Context
Subjects: 950 General history of Asia Far East
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cultural Studies; Classical Philology; Byzantine Studies, Cosmas Indicopleustes
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