Translation in terza rima of Purgatorio in the Slovak language by Viliam Turčány and Jozef Felix. First edition published at Bratislava in 1982.
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 [...]
Translation in Latin hexameters of the entire poem by abbot Gaetano Dalla Piazza (Valdagno 1768 – Schio 1844), clergyman and humanist from Vicenza. Edition published at Leipzig in 1848 with an introduction also written in Latin by the German dantist Karl Witte.
Translation by Yoav Rinon, professor in the Department of Classics and Comparative Literatures of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Translation limited to Inferno only, with extensive commentary in a separate volume. Edition published in Tel Aviv in 2013.
Translation of the entire poem by Hannah Abboud, published in Damascus in 2002. Copertina Frontespizio Incipit dell'Inferno
Translate the Divine Comedy into Latin? Perhaps even Bishop Giovanni Bertoldi of Serravalle was a bit taken aback when, during the council of Costanza, some of his British colleagues invited him to complete this undertaking. But then he ended up accepting [...]
Translation in Latin heksameters of the entire poem by Giuseppe Pasquale Marinelli, a humanist native of the region Marches (Camerano 1793-1875). Edition published at Ancona in 1874.
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.
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 [...]
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. [...]