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The Heart of Dante Alighieri

If you’ve never read Dante Alighieri, the following is written as an enticement for you to consider doing so. A Key Dante Biographical Data Point Dante was born in Florence in 1265, but he did not die there. In fact, … Continue reading

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“I don’t look back at the past with any distance. It’s more like experiencing everything over and over again”: A Woman’s Memory—and Dante’s “Inferno”

In Dante’s Inferno, the people in hell often seem to be experiencing recursive loops of suffering, forever reenacting—and recalling—the bad feelings that drove them to compulsively sin. So it is, in the Inferno, that the adulterous couple Paolo and Francesca … Continue reading

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