Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 27897
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  • Contributor(s): Michael J. Curley, trans.
  • Title: XX. On the Elephant [The text recounts in part the way in which the female and male elephant copulate. While the female elephant gives birth in water, the male elephant stands guard against snakes. The elephants are allegorized as Eve and Adam who do not have “any awareness of the mingling of their flesh” until the female ate of the tree (in the elephant’s story mandrake) and became evil. Title note supplied by Feminae.]
  • Source: Physiologus..  University of Chicago Press, 2009.  Pages 29 - 32.
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  • Article Type: Translation
  • Subject (See Also): Animals in Literature Bestiaries Eve (Biblical Figure) in Literature Latin Literature Literature- Prose Physiologus Bestiary- Latin
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  • Century: 6
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  • Year of Publication: 2009.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0226128709
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