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Virgil tells Dante what it was that caused the Assyrian Queen, Semiramis, to be tormented in the region of the Inferno reserved for the lustful. Her sin, however, seems to have been more than just lust, which for Dante is … Continue reading
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When she whose powers imparadise my mind had so denounced and laid bare the whole truth of the present state of miserable mankind…. Dante pays the price for poetic truth.
Dante learns from Adam that there is no first true language that having recovered one could communicate without the need for interpretation. There were human problems before the Tower of Babel. Language is the bearer of consciousness and will need, … Continue reading
The first human, Adam, tells Dante that the tree in the Garden of Eden from which he and Eve ate was not a bad tree. It was good, as all creation is. The Fall resulted from violating God’s decree to … Continue reading
Dante’s Paradiso Canto 24 lines 83-85 ….You have assayed this coinage, its weight and metal content, accurately; now tell me if you have it in your (purse) possession. Dante is being interrogated by St. Peter on the topic of faith. … Continue reading
Dante may have said to himself, “If ever I have an opportunity I’m going to ask about the justice of damning those pagans who have never had chance to know about salvation.”
Further reflections on Dante’s education regarding making choices with help from Martin Buber.