How Love moves things to Rest

Excellent conversation about Paradiso Canto 1, by Patrick Boyde (University of Cambridge) and John Bruce-Jones (StantonMarris).

Among the many highlights is the idea of the Hermeneutic Circle regarding reading Dante; that one needs to understand the overall picture to understand the elements, but one needs to understand the elements in order to understand the overall picture. Which is what we have sometimes referred to here as the metaphor of “mosaic” in understanding Dante; gradually one learns the smaller pieces and cantos, and then gradually an overall image and world emerges out of the whole Poem. Continue reading “How Love moves things to Rest”

The Mystery of Beatrice’s Prophecy

Towards the end of the Garden of Eden there is a Prophecy given from Beatrice, which until this day still is an unsolved mystery as to what it means, 700 years later.

Beatrice is prophesying in verses 40-51 that “God’s Emissary” eventually shall come and it will be as “five hundred, ten and five”, or the number 515. Some scholarly guesses have been that 515 could be the Roman numbers DXV, which could give us DVX or “Dux”, a “leader” in Latin. And thus pointing to f.ex. the historical leader of Emperor Henry VII.

But we’d like to propose another directional hypothesis for this number in this article. Continue reading “The Mystery of Beatrice’s Prophecy”