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Inferno By Dante Alighieri
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The Divine Comedy is an epic poem by Dante Alighieri, written between 1308 and 1321, and it's considered one of the greatest works of world literature. It contains the Inferno, Purgatory, and... More > Paradise: the three levels which Dante must undergo on his way to meet God. The Inferno, the first of these allegorical poems, stands out as the most lasting and popular. Why? Because everyone loves a bit of fire and brimstone in the morning. In it Dante travels through the 9 circles of hell inside the earth. He's guided by the Roman poet Virgil, and is shown each group of sinners who is suffering in agony according to his various crimes against God. If the Divine Comedy is Dante's Let's Go Travel Guide for the afterlife, let's face it: The Inferno is the real hotspot.< Less
Paradise By Dante Alighieri
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The Divine Comedy is an epic poem by Dante Alighieri, written between 1308 and 1321, and it's considered one of the greatest works of world literature. It contains the Inferno, Purgatory, and... More > Paradise: the three levels which Dante must undergo on his way to meet God. Though it sounds like a seedy nightclub, Dante's Paradise is the third and final part of the Divine Comedy. It details Dante's journey through the rings of heaven. His tour guide is Beatrice, who was a childhood friend and unrequited love of Dante's in 14th century Florence. Virgil, who led the author through the rings of Hell and Purgatory, couldn't come along on this trip because he was a pagan. Dante travels through the nine spheres on his way to Empyrean, which is where God lives. The spheres are represented by the Moon, Mercury, Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and various stars, and roughly correlate to what was known of astronomy at the time - plus a healthy dash of astrology.< Less
Purgatory By Dante Alighieri
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The Divine Comedy is an epic poem by Dante Alighieri, written between 1308 and 1321, and it's considered one of the greatest works of world literature. It contains the Inferno, Purgatory, and... More > Paradise: the three levels which Dante must undergo on his way to meet God. Purgatory is the second part, and it tells of Dante's climb up the Mount of Purgatory, again guided by the Virgil. The mountain is in the Southern Hemisphere, and it's divided into two: (Ante-Purgatory), which contains seven levels of suffering and spiritual growth (equivalent to the seven deadly sins), and at the top is Earthly Paradise. This part of the epic represents Christian life in terms of the nature of sin, vice and virtue, and morality issues within the Church.< Less
The Divine Comedy By Dante Alighieri
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The Divine Comedy is an epic poem by Dante Alighieri, written between 1308 and 1321, and it's considered one of the greatest works of world literature. It contains the Inferno, Purgatory, and... More > Paradise: the three levels which Dante must undergo on his way to meet God.< Less
The Banquet By Dante Alighieri
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Between 1304 and 1307 Dante wrote Convivio, or "The Banquet," a philosophical essay which is part poetry and part prose. It is in four parts, or treatises, and is unfinished. It is the... More > record of Dante's thirty months of study in the fields of philosophy, ethics, politics and metaphysics. Dante outlines the origin of his love of philosophy, tracing a love of knowledge to its manifestation as a love of God. The "Banquet" in question here is Dante's offering: a banquet philosophical insight and wisdom. The guests are those who are hungry for knowledge but are too entrenched in politics to pursue it. Hence why Dante wrote "The Banquet" in Italian (as opposed to Latin), so that the average man could understand it. To extend the metaphor, Dante means for the poetry to represent the entree of a meal, while the prose serves as the bread. Buon appetito!< Less