Purgatorio 1 – Digital Dante
Caiaphas, the high priest who helped condemn Christ, is himself crucified. These are stunning images, but made all the more powerful by the language in which Dante chose to convey them: not Latin, the language of all serious literary works in Italy to that point, but Florentine Tuscan. In the early 14th Century, Italy, a patchwork of city states with various external imperial powers vying for influence, was also a patchwork of different languages.
Writing in the Florentine dialect of the Tuscan language could have limited the appeal of The Divine Comedy. It helped that he also incorporated, where appropriate, elements of other local dialects as well as Latin expressions, to widen its appeal. Florentine Tuscan became the lingua franca of Italy as a result of The Divine Comedy, helping to establish Florence as the creative hub of the Renaissance.
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Through the force of his words, Dante helped create the very idea of the Italian language that is spoken today. Two centuries later, Protestant leaders would advocate that reading the Bible in your own vernacular meant that you could give it your own individual understanding, undermining the idea that salvation is possible only through the Roman Church — something Dante himself had already done by outright inventing elements of the cosmology he presents in The Divine Comedy.
He had the presumption to fill in what the Bible leaves out. Each circle of Hell, and the Seven Deadly Sins assigned to them along with a few other categories, is classified based on either failures of reason the lesser crimes, in which primal impulses overwhelm intellect, such as lust, gluttony, greed and sloth or outright, conscious assaults on reason such as fraud and malice, which are the direst crimes in Hell and for whom the damned are placed in the lowest, darkest circles.
The Divine Comedy by Dante, Illustrated, Purgatory, Volume 3
Dante also has a surprisingly global outlook, one quite fair to non-Christians. He heaps praise on the Saracen general Saladin, who he imagines merely occupying a place in Limbo, the place where the Just live who did not have faith in Christ in their lifetimes. The Divine Comedy is a fulcrum in Western history. It brings together literary and theological expression, pagan and Christian, that came before it while also containing the DNA of the modern world to come.
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Share on StumbleUpon. By Christian Blauvelt 5 June With tears squeezed out of their closed eyes, these souls huddle together like blind beggars Sapia, born around into the prominent Salvani family of Siena, perversely rejoiced upon witnessing the defeat of her fellow citizens ghibellines from Siena at Colle di Val d'Elsa, where her proud nephew Provenzan Salvani was killed.
She now puns on her name in recognition of her foolishness despite her name-- Sapia --she was not wise [ savia ], Sapia shows her eagerness to speak with Dante by raising her chin in the direction of his voice. Back to top. Guido del Duca and Rinieri da Calboli.
Guido, born to a noble family from Ravenna, was affiliated with ghibelline politics in the early thirteenth century, and he served for a time as a judge.
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Guido presents his honorable companion to Dante as an example of a good family gone bad, an all too common occurrence in Romagna, a region in north-central Italy But Guido doesn't spare Tuscany, Dante's home region, from his critique: on the contrary, he says that the river Arno is best left unnamed because it passes through cities characterized as unsavory beasts, from "foul hogs" Casentino and "curs" Arezzo to "wolves" Florence and deceiving "foxes" Pisa Seeing future events with a bearing on Dante's life, Guido breaks the bad news that Rinieri's grandson, Fulcieri da Calboli, will dishonor his family name by spilling blood as the "hunter" of Florentine "wolves" Examples of Love and Envy.
In the first of three manifestations of loving concern for others, Mary informs her son Jesus, present with his disciples at a wedding celebration in Cana, that there is no wine for the guests, vinum non habent "they have no wine" Performing his first miracle, Jesus then changes into wine the water contained in six large pots John The second echoing voice, "I am Orestes" The first of two spoken allusions to envy, "whoever captures me will kill me"