Dante: An Elementary Book for Those Who Seek in the Great Poet the Teacher of Spiritual Life

Dante: An Elementary Book for Those Who Seek in the Great Poet the Teacher of Spiritual Life

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Dante: An Elementary Book for Those Who Seek in the Great Poet the Teacher of Spiritual Life

Dante: An Elementary Book for Those Who Seek in the Great Poet the Teacher of Spiritual Life

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Another elementary book on Dante needs an excuse. My excuse is that interest in Dante among people who have not the time or the inclination te become serious students is very widespread, more so perhaps than ever before, and that as these people feel various sorts of curiosity about Dante, there may be those among them whose attitude towards Dante coincides with mine.

Some readers are eager to learn about the political turmoil in which he lived, about Guelphs and Ghibellines, about Blacks and Whites, about Pope Boniface VIII and Prince Philip of Valois. Others are drawn to Dante's theology, to mediaeval Christianity, to the doctrines of Albertus Magnus, Bonaventura, and Thomas Aquinas; others still are chiefly concerned with Dante's exposition of mediaeval science, his geography, the Ptolemaic astronomy, and similar matters: and so on, through a wide range of taste and curiosity. All such readers can find on any library shelf any number of books from which to slake their thirst. For centuries scholars have been delving in the past to unearth facts about Dante's life, to discover explanations for the references and allusions in the Divine Comedy, and to trace the sources of his learning. The early commentators, Boccaccio, Benvenuto da Imola, Francesco da Buti, and their successors, the moderns, Witte, Ozanam, Scartazzini . . .

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