From reading the text from chapter 4 it seems to me that there really is not that much of a difference from the people in AD999 to the year 1999. I remember at the turn of the century people all over the world sold there possessions and quit there jobs so that they could “be ready” for the apocalypse. In the text it says that many people “spent the night naked on there cold rooftops waiting for the end”. So the way people think of the apocalypse has not changed that much. Sure with today’s technology we have movies and computer images of what we think the end times will be like. But we still get our visions of the end of the world from the book of Revelations in the Bible. Looking at the images from then and now we still have the same basic outlook on how the world is going to end. Over time we have kind of strayed away from creating these great graphic manuscripts to just creating graphic pictures. Since the literacy rate was so low back in 999 I think that the artist choice to paint pictures of the end times was probably better than using words. And image just seems to get the point across faster than if you have to explain what the words mean to everyone, because often times words can be confusing even to the literate. And the old saying a picture is worth a 1000 words was true then and is true even today.