The Divine Comedy
by Dante Alighieri, H. F. Cary, Tom Griffith
Editor: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
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Translated by HFCary With an introduction by Claire HonessDante Alighieri (1265-1321) is one of the most important and innovative figures on medieval european figures.Writes his Comedy (the Divine epithet was later added as admirers) in the exile of his hometown of Florence, he aims to fill a world that has disappeared both morally and politically.At the same time, he sought to push back restrictive rules which, traditionally governed by Italian writing in vulgar language, in order to produce a radically new and global conception of work.The Comedy tells the story of a character who is both Dante himself and mister everyone through the three kingdoms of Christianity beyond: Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.It presents a vision of the hereafter which is very original in its conception, with a complex architecture and a coherent structure.On this journey of Dante’s protagonist – and his reader – meet characters who are variously noble, grotesque, most seductive, fearful, ridiculous, admirable, terrible and tender, and through them, it is indicated that the consequences of sin, repentance and virtue, that he learns to avoid Hell and, through purifying in Purgatory, to taste the
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