La Divina Commedia; The Divine Comedy
An allegory of human life in the form of a vision of the world beyond the grave written, c.1311-1321, by Dante Alighieri with the avowed purpose of converting a corrupt world to righteousness.
The poem, 100 cantos in length, written in the measure known as terza rima, is the greatest classic of the Middle Ages and gives a comprehensive picture of Catholic Italy in the 13th century.
The poet, writing in the vernacular, shows his knowledge of the literature of antiquity, the philosophy of Aristotle and Saint Thomas, the theology of the Fathers, and the mysticism of Saints Augustine and Saint Bernard.
First printing by Johann Numeister, Folignano, 1472.
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