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The end of the world: an illustrated guide

In Picturing the Apocalypse, Anthony and Natasha O’Hear examine the magnificent art that the Book of Revelation has inspired over the centuries

4 July 2015

9:00 AM

4 July 2015

9:00 AM

Picturing the Apocalypse: The Book of Revelation in the Arts over Two Millennia Natasha O’Hear and Anthony O’Hear

OUP, pp.368, £20, ISBN: 9780199689019

At the heart of the eschatological ideology of the Islamic State is the belief that when the world ends (and the world ending is a good thing in their estimation) the final conflagration will take place in northern Syria, in an unremarkable town called Dabiq (which Isis presently occupy). It is here that the Armies of Rome will combine forces against the Armies of Islam, and the Armies of Rome will be defeated.

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