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Chrysostom's Constantinople was hit by a series of earthquakes, some
devastating, some more psychologically upsetting than actually damaging.
He encourages the faithful to treat an earthquake as an sign of the
imminence of the end and imagine oneself entering the court of the last
judgment.  We have a description from a pagan in C at the time of one of
these, and he describes running thru the streets with the inhabitants
prostrate on the ground.  Very interesting form of apocalyptic pastoral
counseling.

rlandes

At 03:30 PM 6/2/99 +0200, you wrote:
>Dear Learned ones, some interseting analogies are to be found in C.
Frison, Le
>fortune di un terremoto.., Civilta Padana 1, Modena 1989, 145-165. - He
mentions
>also "Avertimenti cristiani sul terremoto tratti dalle omelie di S. Giovanni
>Crisostomo e d'altri santi padri, Modena 1832 and V. Fumagalli, Quando il
cielo
>s'oscura. Modi di vita nel Medioevo, Bologna 1987.
>Matej Zupancic.
>
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>> Dear Learned Ones,  Does anyone know the source of this Latin quote
>> attributed to St. Chrysostom  (from a 15th c. French ms. )??? Vere vox
magna,
>> vox tube terribilis cui ominia obedui[n]t elem[en]ta, que petras scindit.
>> Inferum aperit portas ereas frangit vincula mortuor[um] dissoluit et de
>> perfundo abyssi aias[animas] liberatas corporib[us] suis reddit et ad
>> iudiciu[m] ire compellit.  Many thanks in advance for any information.
>> Marijim Thoene
>
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