Dante

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Dante

How Love moves things to Rest

Dante

The Birth of the Divine Comedy

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When the Soul enters the Embryo

In Canto 25 of Purgatory, Statius explains to the Pilgrim how a new soul is breathed into the embryo by the First Mover, once the...

Two Guides in Life

Reflections on how Dante Alighieri is using his own personal life as model for his trilogy....

Four Temporal Values, as Guides

The values of temperance, fortitude, prudence and being just are shining over the face of Cato – as the Guardian of the Mountain (and process)...

The Illusion of the Sirens

The Pilgrim’s Second Dream. At the ending of the Fourth Terrace on Mount Purgatory, the Slothful, the Pilgrim has a new dream which is prophesizing...

Marco Lombardo, on the Third Terrace

The Good Shepherd. In one of the more constructive criticisms of the Institution of the Church in the Divine Comedy, the Pilgrim is discussing the...

The Free Will as a Gift

The Freedom to Choose. One of the main overall intentions of Dante’s Comedy is to show the resulting rewards and punishments according to our exercise...

Dante’s Glimpse of a Divine Union

The Dream in Chapter 9. In the ninth canto of the Purgatory there is a prophetic passage where Dante is having his first dream during...

The Four Stars at Purgatory Mountain

As the Pilgrim and Virgil come out from the rocks and onto the shores on the Island of Mount Purgatory, they see four bright stars...