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.

  • Dante Poliglotta - La Divina Commedia

Amnesty International and North Korea

Amnesty International commissioned analysis of satellite images of political prison camps (named kwanliso) in North Korea:  namely kwanlisos 15 and 16.  The images show that instead of heeding the growing calls for closing its political prison camps, repression by the North Korean authorities has continued and the prisoner population appears to have increased. [...]

Rinon – 2013

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.

Abboud – 2002

Translation of the entire poem by Hannah Abboud, published in Damascus in  2002. Copertina Frontespizio Incipit dell'Inferno

Introduction (Latin)

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 [...]


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PORTUGUESE – Inês Querido

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ENGLISH – Emma Clare O’Connor

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