Abstract

The flowers’ activity in the saying of Jesus about anxiety indicates an interest in cloth production across the socio-economic spectrum. I demonstrate that wool-working is a central feature of the multiform tradition of this saying and that spinning in particular was associated with women. I further note that the activity of gazing at flowers was an activity that was connected with the iconography of the goddess Spes, the Roman personification of Hope. These two cues render the entire saying an exhortation toward the feminine.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2518-4628
Print ISSN
0254-8356
Pages
pp. 35-52
Launched on MUSE
2017-07-10
Open Access
No
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