Concise Dictionary of Proper Names and Notable Matters in the Works of Dante

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(in the Heaven of Mars), who says he followed the Emperor, and was knighted by him, and afterwards met his death in his train while fighting against the Mahometans, Par. xv. 139-48, [ Cacciaguida.]

Currado2. [ Malaspina, Currado.]

Currado da Palazzo, Guelf of Brescia, who was Vicar of Charles of Anjou in Florence in 1276, captain of the Brescians in their war against Trent in 1279, and Podestà of Piacenza in 1288; he is mentioned by Marco Lombardo (in Circle III of Purgatory), who, speaking of the degenerate state into which Lombardy had fallen after the wars between Frederick II and the Church, says there yet remain three old men whose lives are a reproach to the young generation, the other two being Gherardo da Cammino and Guido da Castello, Purg. xvi. 121-6.

Currado Malaspina. [ Malaspina, Currado.]

Curzii, Curtii; reading adopted by some edd. for Drusi (which is almost certainly the right reading), Conv. iv. 5123 [Drusi]. The reference would be to M. Curtius, who, according to the tradition, when (in B.C. 362) the earth in the Roman forum gave way, and a great chasm appeared, which the soothsayers declared could only be filled up by throwing into it Rome's greatest treasure, mounted his steed in full armour, and leapt into the abyss, exclaiming that Rome possessed no greater treasure than a brave citizen ( Livy, vii. 6; Oros., iii. 5, § 3).

Cyclopes, one-eyed giants, the assistants of Vulcan, who forged the thunderbolts of Jupiter. D. alludes to them as gli altri (fabbri di Giove), and represents them at work in the 'black smithy' of Mt. Aetna (volcanoes being regarded as the workshops of Vulcan), Inf. xiv. 55-6; their abode beneath Mt. Aetna, Ecl. ii. 27. [Vulcano.]

Cyclops, the Cyclops Polyphemus; antrum Cyclopis, 'the cave of Polyphemus'. i.e. (according to the old commentator) Bologna, P. himself representing King Robert of Naples, Ecl. ii. 47. [ Polyphemus: Roberto2.]

Cyrus. [ Ciro.]


D

D, first letter of the word Diligite, formed by the spirits of the Just in the Heaven of Jupiter, Par. xxviii. 78. [ Aquila2: Giove, Cielo di.]

Dafne1], Daphne, daughter of the Thessalian river-god Peneus; she was pursued b y Apollo, who was enamoured of her, and when on the point of being overtaken by him she prayed for help and was transformed into a laurel, which in consequence became the favourite tree of Apollo. In allusion to the metamorphosis of Daphne, the laurel is

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • List of Abbreviations viii
  • A 1
  • B 62
  • C 99
  • D 172
  • E 199
  • F 218
  • G 248
  • H 291
  • I 293
  • J 309
  • L 318
  • M 343
  • N 382
  • O 391
  • P 401
  • Q 445
  • R 446
  • S 468
  • T 506
  • U 533
  • V 542
  • X 555
  • Z 555
  • Tables 557
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