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The rooster is a regular component of the foretelling of Peter’s denial and of the denial itself, and already appears in this connection in early Christian funerary art. The meaning of the scene is contested. It should most probably be thought of as a paradigm of confession. The rooster that appears from the 9th century on church towers in the West was interpreted in a variety of ways in the Middle Ages. Symbolic attributions such as watchfulness, caring, and fertility in other co…

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Thümmel, Hans Georg, “Rooster/Cockerel”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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