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10 01, 2020

Introduction (Arabic)

By |2020-01-10T19:15:14+01:00January 10th, 2020|Arabo|0 Comments

A page of Almagest in Arabic Dante did not speak Arabic and could not have been familiar with mediaeval Arab-Islamic literature which in his day had had no contact with mediaeval Christian culture.  However, there were at that time important, reciprocally influential relationships across the Arab and Christian world in the fields of scientific and philosophical output: the Arabic contribution by the 12th century had become to all intents and purposes a part of western culture and scientific knowledge. So Dante knew something [...]

26 12, 2017

Giovanni da Serravalle – 1891

By |2019-12-11T22:24:29+01:00December 26th, 2017|Edizioni, Latino|0 Comments

Translation in Latin prose by Giovanni de Bertoldi (Serravalle of Romagna, today Republic of San Marino, 1360 – Fano 1445), known as Giovanni da Serravalle, franciscan friar and theologian native of Romagna. He translated the Divine Comedy in Latin, providing a commentary of the entire poem, in 1416. First printed edition – a gigantic volume – published at Prato in 1891.

23 04, 2017

Introduction (English)

By |2019-12-11T22:24:30+01:00April 23rd, 2017|Inglese|0 Comments

England, during Dante’s time, was ruled by the Plantagenets and it represented a very important trade partner, insomuch that Florence had set up a money exchange branch in London. Reference is often made in the Divine Comedy to people and events pertaining to British history, leading some illustrious nineteenth-century Dante scholars to become convinced that Dante had been to London and had even studied at Oxford. The last upholder of this belief, today considered without foundations, was William E. Gladstone (1809-1898) politician and several times [...]

15 02, 2017

Introduction (Russian)

By |2019-12-11T22:24:31+01:00February 15th, 2017|Russo|0 Comments

Dante could only have had a very superficial idea about distant Russia which in his time was under the dominion of Genghis Khan’s mongols, or rather by his successors since the great monarch had died about forty years before Dante’s birth.  But Dante must have been able to have had a less imprecise knowledge of at least the region of the Crimea and the river Don, known originally as Tanai, since the maritime republics, especially Venice and Genoa, had close commercial contacts with that region. [...]