The Divine Comedy and the languages of India

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In Dante’s time, India, which was almost entirely under Arab domination, was very little known by the Europeans even if Marco Polo had visited some of its centres on the West coast in the course of his return journey (1292–1295) and had then spoken of them in his Milione. According to Dante, India, and in particular the mouth of the river Ganges, was the extreme eastern limit of known lands, a fact that resulted besides, albeit approximately, from the planispheres of his time (in particular, from [...]