The Project

Dante was fascinated by the multiplicity of languages and liked playing with languages and dialects. This is probably why we find in the Divine Comedy two examples of his invented languages – the language of Pluto (pape satàn pape satàn aleppe) and the one of Nimrod, the king of Babel who decided to build the famous tower against divine will. When Nimrod saw Dante appearing in his infernal circle, he attacked him with an angry, threatening and definitely incomprehensible invective: «raphèl maì amecche zabì almi!».
We can quite understand why Nimrod was in such a bad mood.
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Dante and Armenia

At the time of Dante modern Armenia was dominated by the Saljuq Turks, but there was an Armenian kingdom of Cilicia (also known as Little Armenia) created by Armenian refugees and located on the gulf of Alessandretta.

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Georgian – Gamsachurdia

Ulysses’ verses translated into Georgian by Konstantin Gamsachurdia Inferno, Canto XXVI, 90-142  

Translations of the Divine Comedy

Dalla Piazza – 1848

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.

Marinelli – 1874

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.

Giovanni da Serravalle – 1891

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.

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The voices of Francesca

GEORGIAN – Liana Patarava

Liana Patarava was born in 1963 in Ozurgeti, a town in the Guria region, a beautiful mountainous region in western Georgia. She graduated in economics from the Tbilisi State University. She is married and has three children and two grandchildren. She loves art, poetry and writing and also has a [...]

UKRAINIAN – Svitlana Hlazunova

My name is Svitlana Hlazunova. I was born in 1962 in Kherson, a city in southern Ukraine. Since I was a child I had a great passion for music, transmitted to me by my parents. When I was a student I attended a music school and in 1978 I got [...]

FRENCH – Ghislaine Avan

Ghislaine Avan is a French multidisciplinary artist, born in Châtellerault. Choreographer, tap dancer and contemporary dance performer, videographer and film editor, she makes a path of life of her art. In 2006 she started a multimedial work based on the Divine Comedy, from which the “Le LA du Monde“ project derived, involving a large number of excerpts taken from Dante's poem and read by hundreds of people in languages all over the world. Here Ghislaine lends her voice to Francesca and reads Dante's relevant verses in two different French translations of the Comedy.

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The voices of Ulysses

Georgian – Gamsachurdia

Ulysses’ verses translated into Georgian by Konstantin Gamsachurdia Inferno, Canto XXVI, 90-142  

GEORGIAN – Liana Patarava

Liana Patarava was born in 1963 in Ozurgeti, a town in the Guria region, a beautiful mountainous region in western Georgia. She graduated in economics from the Tbilisi State University. She is married and has three children and two grandchildren. She loves art, poetry and writing and also has a [...]

Dante and Armenia

At the time of Dante modern Armenia was dominated by the Saljuq Turks, but there was an Armenian kingdom of Cilicia (also known as Little Armenia) created by Armenian refugees and located on the gulf of Alessandretta.

GLANCE THROUGH ALL THE VOICES OF ULYSSES >>

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Georgian – Gamsachurdia

Ulysses’ verses translated into Georgian by Konstantin Gamsachurdia Inferno, Canto XXVI, 90-142  

GEORGIAN – Liana Patarava

Liana Patarava was born in 1963 in Ozurgeti, a town in the Guria region, a beautiful mountainous region in western Georgia. She graduated in economics from the Tbilisi State University. She is married and has three children and two grandchildren. She loves art, poetry and writing and also has a [...]

Dante and Armenia

At the time of Dante modern Armenia was dominated by the Saljuq Turks, but there was an Armenian kingdom of Cilicia (also known as Little Armenia) created by Armenian refugees and located on the gulf of Alessandretta.