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  • Herodotus’s subject is Greece and Persia and their respective “barbarian” penumbrae in the Near East and North Africa — the vast, exotic tapestry of what the ancient Greeks referred to as the oikoumene, the “inhabited quarter” of the world.

    A Historian For Our Time

  • The ancient Roman view was of a spherical world, the inhabited region of which (the oikoumene) was surrounded by oceans, and this world centered around the Mediterranean.

    4. The Roman Empire, 14-284 C.E

  • Ecumenical Councils are those to which the bishops, and others entitled to vote, are convoked from the whole world (oikoumene) under the presidency of the pope or his legates, and the decrees of which, having received papal confirmation, bind all Christians.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • If we observe the full pattern of the eonic effect, we notice something interesting: this form of 'evolution' operates only temporarily on each 'stream' of culture in a time-slice that then diffuses into a larger oikoumene.


  • He urged the representatives of the church to be "equipped with skills and characters to understand our roles and responsibilities in protecting the oikoumene."

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  • The globalized oikoumene of domination is in contrast with the oikoumene of faith and solidarity that motivates and energizes the ecumenical movement.

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  • The vision behind globalization is a competing vision of the oikoumene, the unity of humankind and the whole inhabited earth.

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  • a part of the _oikoumene_, has shrunken to a modest province, and its highways to local paths.

    Influences of Geographic Environment On the Basis of Ratzel's System of Anthropo-Geography

  • Ecumenical synod "i.e. a synod representing the oikoumene, the whole inhabited world as known to the Greeks and Romans, because all the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery


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  • household of the faith

    September 2, 2011

  • Also oecumene, see middle earth.

    January 21, 2008