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

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Xerxes. [Serse.]


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Zabulone], Zebulun, son of Jacob and Leah; he is among those referred to by Virgil as having been released by Christ from Limbo, Israel co' suoi nati, Inf. iv. 59 [Limbo].

Zama], city in Numidia, on the borders of the Carthaginian territory, scene of the decisive victory of Scipio Africanus Major over Hannibal (Oct. 19, B.C. 202), which brought to an end the long struggle between Rome and Carthage; the battle is alluded to, Inf. xxxi. 115-17; Conv. iv. 5170-1; Mon. ii. 1159-61. [Scipione1.]

Zambrasi, Tebaldello. [Tebaldello.]

Zanche, Michel. [Michel Zanche.]

Zebedaeus, Zebedee, fisherman of Galilee, father of the Apostles James (the Great) and John ( Matt. iv. 21), and husband of Salome ( Matt. xxvii. 56; Mark xv. 40) [Maria Salome]; filii Zebedaei, i. e. the Apostles James and John, present at the Transfiguration of our Lord ( Matt. xvii. 1-2), Mon. iii. 981-3 [Giovanni2: Jacopo1].

Zeffiro, Zephyrus, the W. wind; mentioned by St. Bonaventura (in the Heaven of the Sun) in the description of the birthplace of St. Dominic ( Calahorra in Spain), Par. xii. 46-52. [Callaroga.]

Zeno. [Zenone.]

Zeno, San, Church and Monastery of San Zeno (Bishop of Verona in Cent. iv) at Verona; mentioned, Purg. xviii. 118; referred to as quel monistero, v. 122. D. places an Abbot of San Zeno (who has been identified with a certain Gherardo II, who was abbot, in the time of the Emperor Frederick I, from 1163 till his death in 1187) among the Slothful in Circle IV of Purgatory, Purg. xviii. 118; uno spirto, v. 113 [Accidiosi]; in conversation with Virgil he relates that he was Abbot of San Zeno in Verona under Frederick Barbarossa (vv. 118-20); and reproaches Alberto della Scala with having put his base-born and depraved son, Giuseppe, into the monastery as Abbot (vv. 121-6) [Alberto della Scala].

Zenone, Zeno, of Citium in Cyprus, founder of the Stoic school of philosophy (C. B.C. 400); after studying at Athens under various Megaric and Academic philosophers, he opened a school of his own in the

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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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