Dante and Medieval Latin Traditions

Dante and Medieval Latin Traditions

by Peter Dronke

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Overview

In this book, Peter Dronke illustrates how medieval Latin traditions can help us to understand Dante's great poem 'The Divine Comedy'. He first discusses medieval conceptions of allegory and vision, image and metaphor, symbol and myth, as well as some of Dante's own insights into the nature of poetic meaning. Later chapters relate particular moments in the Comedy - the giants in Inferno, the apocalyptic showings in Purgatorio, and the solar heaven in Paradiso - to Dante's Latin inheritance. All quotations from Italian are accompanied by English translations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521379601
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/24/1989
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The Commedia and medieval modes of reading; 2. The giants in Hell; 3. The phantasmagoria in the earthly paradise; 4. The first circle in the solar heaven; Excursus; Notes; Bibliographical note; Index.

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