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Definition of Oecumene

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Ecumene (also spelled œcumene or oikoumene) is a term originally used in the Greco-Roman world to refer to the inhabited universe (or at least the known part of it). The term derives from the Greek  (oikouméne, the feminine present middle participle of the verb , oikéo, "to inhabit"), short for "inhabited world". In modern connotations it refers either to the projection of a united Christian Church or to world civilizations. It is also used in cartography to describe a type of world map used in Antiquity and the Middle Ages.

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