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The dragon is Chosroes ll, King of Persia ('91- 628) and the sta rs it pulls down from heaven represent the defeat of the Christian forces in the Near East and in particular the capture of Jerusalem and Damascus. Inscription: Apocalypsim Xli ... peperit masculum id est Heraclium ... (largely illegible). jO) Michael fights the dragon . (H. 7- 8) Thi s is the battle between Chosroes II and Heraclius which ended in the total defeat of th e Persians in 627. The remaining part of the inscription is illegible.

27) The two witnesses are killed by the beas t from the abyss and ascend to heaven . (11 . 3- 12) Although both witnesses are shown as Popes with keys, the text identifies them as Pope Silverius (H6-7) and the Patriarch 1\ienas. The beast from the abyss is the Byza ntine general Belisariu s who occupied Rome in H6. Under the influence of the Empress Theodora, he banished Silverius in the following year o n the grounds that he had supported the Goths. The voice calling the witnesses to heaven is that of Bishop J\mator, who provided Silverius with money in exile.

PI. ] 22.. See, for example, M . R. James, Tb. Trillity Col/'g' Apocalypse, 1909, fols, 2v, 18, 18v . For example, Brit. , Add. 22493, fol. 3'"; Magdalene College, Cambridge, :MS. 5; Florence, Laurenziana, i\ shburnham 415, all 13th century, see Brieger, Ellglisb Art, p. 218. Cf. also a 14th-century German Apocalypse: H. 0gl. Bibliotbtk til Il7eilllar, 19I2, pI. 29. Fran z Juraschek. Das Rfi'fsd ill D,f'ru Gollusrhall, 1955, figs. 5 . See above, n. 29. For the origin of the St. John cycle see James, Trillity Col/'g' Aporalyps" p.

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