Man-at-arms warning Harold of the disastrous omen of Halley's Comet.
, detail (ca. 1070–80). Bayeux, France.
The Last Judgment
(ca. 1430). Jan van Eyck. CORBIS/Francis G. Mayer.
John Frum cargo cult members erect a cross atop the Yasur Volcano, saluting the billions of men under the volcano. Cult members believe a U.S. soldier named John Frum will return from heaven and distribute the white man's cargo to them (1991). Tanna Island, Vanuatu.
Procession of Flagellants
(ca. late eighteenth to early nineteenth century). Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes.
A member of the Aum Shinri Kyo doomsday cult speaks on the phone while accessing the cult home page through the internet at a Tokyo office decorated with portraits of jailed guru Shoko Asahara (1999).
The home page of the millenarian group Heaven's Gate. Thirty-nine cult members died in a mass suicide in Rancho Santa Fe, California, on March 27, 1997.
St. John on Patmos
(1485). Hieronymous Bosch.
The Revelation of Christ to St. John (undated print).
Detail of a manuscript illumination showing the extinguished sun and moon and fallen stars from "The End of the World and Last Judgment" by Cristoforo de Predis from the
The Four Horsemen
(ca. 1497–98). Albrecht Dürer.
Death on a Pale Horse
, Revelation 6, 7–8, by William Blake.
Otto von Bismarck (1871).
Pope Pius IX (ca. 1870).
German infantry and lancers cross the Loire River at Orleans, France, during the Franco-Prussian War (ca. 1871).
Sepoy encampment near the Taj Mahal during the Great Mutiny of 1857–58.
Church behind Crimean War lines near Sevastopol, Russia (ca. 1856).
William Butler Yeats (ca. 1930). Ireland.
Glenmalin Court Cairn, dating from 3000–2000 B.C. County Donegal, Ireland.
Yeats's drawing of a fictional medieval philosopher he called Giraldus, from
Yeats with his wife, Georgiana Hyde-Lees, during a visit to the United States in the late 1920s.
Leda and the Swan
(sixteenth century). Paolo Veronese.
Yeats's drawing of the Great Wheel, from
Relief sculpture of Aphrodite found in the ancient Greco-Roman city of Aphrodisias.
European Union leaders pose for a group photo at the EU summit in Berlin on March 24, 1999. From left to right: Finland's prime minister Paavo Lipponen, Finland's president Martii Ahtisaari, German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, French president Jacques Chirac, outgoing president of the EU Commission Jacques Santer, Austrian chancellor Viktor Klima, and British prime minister Tony Blair.
Michael Moore, editor of the
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
, sits with the Doomsday Clock at the journal's office in Chicago. The bulletin created the clock in 1947 to symbolize developments in the nuclear age, with midnight representing nuclear annihilation.
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