Globus Cruciger Includes All of Creation; Orbis means Circle

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Globus Cruciger Includes All of Creation; Orbis means Circle

Post by flatterme on Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:28 am

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Globus_cruciger

A possible non-literary but graphic indication that people in the Middle Ages believed that the Earth (or perhaps the world) was a sphere is the use of the orb (globus cruciger) in the regalia of many kingdoms and of the Holy Roman Empire. It is attested from the time of the Christian late-Roman emperor Theodosius II (423) throughout the Middle Ages; the Reichsapfel was used in 1191 at the coronation of emperor Henry VI. However the word 'orbis' means 'circle' and there is no record of a globe as a representation of the Earth since ancient times in the west till that of Martin Behaim in 1492. Additionally it could well be a representation of the entire 'world' or cosmos.

This admission by Wiki shows that in the middle ages people recognized that the globe Christ held depicted in statues was that of the entire creation, not the earth itself.

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