Category Archives: Dante

Ascent to True Love Via Purgation of False Loves

As he makes his way up the Terraces of Purgatory, Dante encounters souls suffering from Gregory I’s catalogue of “the Seven Deadly Sins.” Interestingly, each of these sins results from a disordered form of love. As Virgil explains to Dante: … Continue reading

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On Purgatory

Now, being a Protestant, I do not believe in Purgatory. However, as I am now working my way through Dante’s Purgatorio for my Medieval World class, I wanted to introduce whatever posts I may write on this part of the … Continue reading

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Nimrod

Canto XXXI of Dante’s Inferno describes the passage to the last circle of Hell, the Ninth Circle. Here Dante encounters four giants: Nimrod, Ephialtes, Briareus, and Antaeus. This is yet another interesting mixture of biblical and classical allusions in Dante … Continue reading

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Dante’s Statue

Canto XIV of the Inferno features a figure which should be familiar to all Bible readers: that of a giant statue whose parts are composed of various grades of material that decrease in quality as one goes down the statue: … Continue reading

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“An Eschatology To Which History Itself Is Subservient”

Dante engages in complex juxtapositions of mythological and historical figures in one and the same afterlife – Hector and Aeneas are side by side with Cicero and Seneca, St. Paul is next to Aeneas, Francesca da Rimini is next to … Continue reading

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Crime and Punishment

Yet another Dante context and connection which I would have missed if left to my own poetry-obtuse devices: In Canto XXVIII of the Inferno we read of sowers of dissension and splits who are themselves repeatedly split in Hell. The … Continue reading

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Archives of the World’s Evils

A noteworthy summary of Dante’s Inferno by Lino Pertile : The exploration mapped in the Inferno is a voyage through the immense historical archives of the world’s evils, ordered according to type and severity in the subsoil of the dark … Continue reading

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Dante Vs. the Simoniac Popes

Medieval Christians considered simony, the buying and selling of spiritual goods and Church offices, a rank heresy. Stemming from early Christian writers’ interpretation of Simon Magus’ attempt to buy the gift of the Holy Spirit in Acts 8:9-24, the heresy … Continue reading

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Embodied Sin

Being myself a poetry Philistine, this is one of those things I just flat wouldn’t have noticed on my own. Lino Pertile:”(“Introduction to Inferno,” in The Cambridge Companion to Dante, second edition [Cambridge University Press, 2007], pp. 74-75.)”: points out … Continue reading

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Dante

I have to admit that I didn’t “get” Dante the first time around, when I read him for the first time about 4 years ago. Partly I think my failure was due to an unfortunately natural tone deafness and myopia … Continue reading

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