Kamel – C. – IV.1 Narrative Texte

In hagiographical literature, a camel intervenes in the story of Sts Cosmas and Damian, ordering in a human voice that the two martyr brothers be buried together (Jacobus de Voragine, Legenda aurea, no. 143). In the Ruodlieb, gifts from king to king are twice (ll. 82, 166) said to include camels. Finally, Walther’s collection of proverbs contains some thirteen involving camels. Most of these relate either to Christ’s eye of a needle (1129b, 1574, 1624, 7100, 18263, 21939, 23485), or to the swallowed camel and strained-out → gnat (8402, 10271, 24685) – testimony in itself to the importance of these two biblical passages for Latin literature on the animal.

Nigel Harris

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