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She Who Is Not Named Pilates Wife In Medieval Art

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Like Pilate himself, comparatively little is known of Pilate?s wife apart from the biblical references, where she is not even referred by her own name but spoken of simply as his wife. This chapter sheds some light on this mysterious character and corrects some of the errors that have been created over time. It documents some of the known images of this shadow, who was to play such a pivotal role and rehabilitate the tarnished reputation of her husband. Procula is best known for her dream, and it would be impossible to separate this aspect from rest of the character. The chapter, although it highlights the significance of the dream, also contextualizes it in relation to what we know of her. A sizable and significant corpus of visual material surrounding her survives, which author examines against biblical and apocryphal texts in an effort to understand her role in Passion narrative.

Keywords: apocryphal texts; biblical references; dream; Passion narrative; Pilate?s wife; Procula



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