Dante’s windmills

The final canto of Inferno opens, ex abrupto, with one of the most powerful images in the whole of the canticle: a mockery of the 6th-century hymn 'Vexilla regis': 'Vexilla regis prodeunt inferni verso di noi; però dinanzi mira», disse ’l maestro mio, «se tu ’l discerni». “Vexilla regis prodeunt inferni toward us; and therefore keep... Continue Reading →

When Dante’s Commedia became divine

Dante may have been the most imaginative and transgressive medieval poet, but he was also one of the most immodest authors since Antiquity. It is well known that what we came to call 'The Divine Comedy' ("La Divina Commedia") was initially known simply as 'La Commedia di Dante Alaghieri di Fiorenze'. It was Boccaccio who later... Continue Reading →

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