Fatti non foste a viver come bruti, ma per seguir virtute e conoscenza - Ye were not form’d to live the life of brutes, but virtue to pursue and knowledge high - Vi ne naskiĝis por vegeti brute, sed por akiri virton, mondan scion
DANTE AND IRAN – Farideh Mahdavi Damghani reads for us her translation of the Divine Comedy in Persian
Farideh Mahdavi Damghani is a well known Iranian lady of letters. She translated into Persian a large number of masterpieces of the European literatures, including a celebrated translation in tercets of Dante's Divine Comedy. Mrs Mahdavi Damghani has graciously accepted our invitation that she herself read Francesca’s verses in her translation for Dantepoliglotta. We thank her for that. Read more about Farideh Mahdavi Damghani and listen to her voice reading Francesca in her language, click here. Read more about Dante and Iran, click here.
The first translation of the Divine Comedy into Spanish is due to a XV century Castilian noble, Enrique de Villena, also known as Enrique de Aragón (1384-1434). It is a prose translation finished in 1428 which has been published in print only in 1974 at Salamanca and whose manuscript – preserved in Madrid in the Biblioteca Nacional de España – has been digitized and made available on line [...]
The Occitan language, or Langue d’Oc, is a neo-Latin language spoken in a specific area of southern Europe known as Occitania, roughly identified with southern France, but also encompassing a strip of territory in Piedmont along the frontier with France. It was the famous language used in the poetry of the trobadours of Provençal root, which emerged around the 11th century and was flourishing in medieval times. Dante greatly admired the Occitan troubadours to the extent that he actually bestowed the unique privilege on one of them of using his [...]
Dante refers to the Friulian people naming them "Aquilegienses" since the town Aquileia was at his time the political, religious and cultural centre of the region. Due probably to that cultural environment, the fate of Dante’s poem in Friuli was quite prompt, so that the most ancient Friulian library, the "Guarneriana" of San Daniele, preserves one of the most ancient illuminated manuscripts of the poem. Furthermore, the Friulian language boasts several translations of the Divine Comedy, two of them complete and in terza rima. [...]
Tano Avanzato and his wife Erminia Terranova are two Sicilian ballad-singers and founded together the popular song group Zabara in 1991. They have to his name hundreds of concerts which they have staged in Italy and abroad. Tano Avanzato has willingly accepted to read Ulysses' verses (Hell, XXVI, 90-142) for Dantepoliglotta, in the Sicilian translation of Giovanni Girgenti.... To read more and listen to the reading of Ulysses' verses in Sicilian, see the web-page of Tano Avanzato: click here. See also the web-page of Erminia Terranova and listen to [...]
Reading voice of Halyna Yavorska
Miłość, co zawsze miłością się płaci, Tak mi kazała w nim podobać sobie, Że go nie zgubię już ni on mię straci....
Dmitry Yegorovich Min was the first Russian translator to attempt Dante, although his verse translation of the whole of the Divine Comedy was only published posthumously, in 1907. The verses about Francesca da Rimini were, however, published far earlier in 1843, in the literary periodical Moskvitjanin.
When Dante Alighieri and Charles Martel of Anjou met in Florence and became friends, the year 1294 was unfolding. Dante was 29 years old, while the young prince, son of the king of Naples, Charles II, and Maria Árpád of Hungary, was 23 years old and was at the time the king of Hungary, even if only in name and not in fact. The circumstances leading up to the meeting of Charles Martel with Dante are a bit complicated and go back to ten years [...]