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					Minor Pilate literature
There is a pseudepigrapha letter reporting on the crucifixion, purporting to have been sent by Pontius
Pilate to the Emperor Claudius, embodied in the pseudepigrapha known as the Acts of Peter and Paul, of
which the Catholic Encyclopedia states, "This composition is clearly apocryphal though unexpectedly brief
and restrained." There is no internal relation between this feigned letter and the 4th-century Acts of
Pilate (Acta Pilati).

This Epistle or Report of Pilate is also inserted into the Pseudo-Marcellus Passio sanctorum Petri et
Pauli ("Passion of Saints Peter and Paul"). We thus have it in both Greek and Latin versions.

The Mors Pilati ("Death of Pilate") legend is a Latin tradition, thus treating Pilate as a monster, not a saint;
it is attached usually to the more sympathetic Gospel of Nicodemus of Greek origin. The narrative of
the Mors Pilati set of manuscripts is set in motion by an illness of Tiberius, who sends Volusanius to
Judaea to fetch the Christ for a cure. In Judaea Pilate covers for the fact that Christ has been crucified,
and asks for a delay. But Volusanius encounters Veronica who informs him of the truth but sends him
back to Rome with her Veronica of Christ's face on her kerchief, which heals Tiberius. Tiberius then calls
for Pontius Pilate, but when Pilate appears, he is wearing the seamless robe of the Christ and Tiberius'
heart is softened, but only until Pilate is induced to doff the garment, whereupon he is treated to a ghastly
execution. His body, when thrown into the Tiber, however, raises such storm demons that it is sent to
Vienne (via gehennae) in France and thrown to the Rhone. That river's spirits reject it too, and the body is
driven east into "Losania", where it is plunged in the bay of the lake near Lucerne, near Mont Pilatus –
originally Mons Pileatusor "cloud-capped", as John Ruskin pointed out in Modern Painters — whence the
uncorrupting corpse rises every Good Friday to sit on the bank and wash unavailing hands.

This version combined with anecdotes of Pilate's wicked early life were incorporated in Jacobus de
Voragine's Golden Legend, which ensured a wide circulation for it in the later Middle Ages. Other
legendary versions of Pilate's death exist: Antoine de la Sale reported from a travel in central Italy on
some local traditions asserting that after death the body of Pontius Pilate was driven to a little lake
near Vettore Peak (2478 m in the Sibillini Mountains) and plunged in. The lake, today, is still named Lago
di Pilato.

In the Cornish cycle of mystery plays, the "death of Pilate" forms a dramatic scene in the Resurrexio
Domini cycle. More of Pilate's fictional correspondence is found in the minor Pilate apocrypha,
the Anaphora Pilati (Relation of Pilate), an Epistle of Herod to Pilate, and an Epistle of Pilate to Herod,
spurious texts that are no older than the 5th century

				
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