H E Christian Topography of Cosmas, surnamed Indicopleustes, or the Indian Navigator, has been preserved in two copies: one a parchment MS. of the tenth. (COSMAS THE INDIAN VOYAGER). A Greek traveller and geographer of the first half of the sixth century, b. at Alexandria, Egypt. Cosmas probably received. 1. TITLE: World Pictures of Cosmas. DATE: A.D.. AUTHOR: Cosmas Indicopleustes of Alexandria. DESCRIPTION: Much of the tone of medieval European.

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His education was confined to the more elementary branches of knowledge, such as would fit him for the career he pursued in the earlier part of his lifethat of a merchant. Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

So he explains again and again that the division of the Tabernacle into two places, by means of the veil, typified the division of the universe into two worldsan upper and a lower, by means of the firmament. indicoplustes

Cosmas Indicopleustes

Subject Date Around – In the absence of evidence, this must remain an open question. The ocean, he further gives us to know, is unnavigable, and, while encompassing this earth of ours, is itself encompassed by another earth, which had been the xvi seat of Paradise and the abode of man until the Ark, floating on the billows of the Flood, wafted Noah and his indickpleustes over into this earth.

Robert Appleton Company, It was not, however, published separately, but was included in the second volume of the splendid work Nova Collectio Patrum et Scriptorum Graecorum, edited by Father Montfaucon, a Benedictine monk, celebrated for his profound knowledge of Patristic literature.

Twenty years laterthe work appeared in its complete form as exhibited in the Florentine Codex, collated with that of the Vatican.

This article was transcribed for New Advent by Ted Rego. Four other writings indicoplsustes Cosmas are unfortunately lost: Date Created – In this respect modern opinion is entirely at variance inficopleustes that of Photius. Indicpoleustes table of shew-bread, again, with its waved border, represented the earth surrounded by the ocean, while its other parts and the things upon it symbolized each some object or other in the natural world. It was digitized in the early s as part of the Meeting of Frontiers project of the Library of Congress and partner institutions in the Russian Federation, the United States, and Germany.


Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. Rhetoric, moreover would, he thought, be out of place in his books, cosms “he wrote for xii Christians, who had more need of correct notions than of fine phrases.

His description of this district which supplied the Egyptians of old with their spices for embalming the deadand of its products and its foreign trade, shows that it must have come from the pen of an eye-witness. Now it is known that this Timothy died inand was succeeded by Theodosius, who, after a brief xi residence in his diocese went to Constantinople, whence he was banished in By inidcopleustes this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The Greek text was illustrated by a learned introduction and a Latin translation of great elegance and accuracy. The ninth book, treating of the heavenly bodies, ascribes their motions to the angels, who groan under this hard and incessant toil which they perform for the benefit of man, and not for their own.

Of these, the Christian Topography alone is extant. The land routes of Central Asia.

Author Cosmas Indicopleustes, active 6th century. Byzantine geographers Byzantine writers Explorers of Asia 6th-century Byzantine people 6th-century Byzantine writers Greek explorers 6th-century Byzantine scientists.

Dismay seized alike the passengers and the crew, and amidst outcries of “port the helm,” the course of indicopleusstes vessel was reversed and she headed northwards. Some passages, besides, which give us an insight into the depth and fervour of his faith, rise to an eloquence which suggests the belief that, had he cultivated the art, he might have shone in pulpit oratory.

There was still another interesting locality which the traveller tells us he visited, and this lay on the other side of the Red Seathe Desert, namely, of Sinai, where he found, strewn among the sands, fragments of rock covered with inscriptions which he took to have been carved by the Israelites when they were wandering in that wilderness.


CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Cosmas Indicopleustes

Its author stated his position as an article of Christian faith, but even in those times there was anything but a general agreement with his positive conclusions. A major feature of his Topographia is Cosmas’ worldview that the world is flat indicopleustea, and that the heavens form the shape of a box with a curved lid. He wrote, “In the Island of Taprobane Ceylonthere is a church of the Christians, and clerks and faithful. Also frequently included are social and economic….

He knew that his work was unique. While an inmate of the monastery he wrote the “Topography” above mentioned, a work which gives him a position of importance among the geographers of the early Middle Ages.

Cosmas Indicopleustes – Wikipedia

This learned French scholar, while visiting Italy, extracted from the Florentine Codex a copy of the ii Adulitic Inscriptions, 1 and of passages relating to Ethiopia and India. To quote Yule once more: The “Christian Topography” has been preserved in two manuscript copies, one in the Laurentian Library at Florenceand the other in the Vatican. The greater knowledge now possessed of the remote regions which Cosmas visited goes all to show that the thought of tickling the fancy of his readers with tales of wonder had never entered his indicoplestes, but that on the contrary indicopleustss was a man who had a supreme regard for truth, and who was at once an acute observer, and shrewd in judging the value of the information which he received from indicopleuxtes.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource. Montfaucon, in his Preface, credits him with the discovery, in the Abyssinian province called Agau, of the true source of the Nile.

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