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The Dante Encyclopedia is a comprehensive resource that presents a systematic introduction to Dante's life and works and the cultural context in which his moral and intellectual imagination took shape.
that lies ahead; but for contemporary readers of the poem, Cato’s salvation was evidence of the sacred task of Roman law in promoting that happiness in this present life which Dante saw ﬁgured in the Earthly Paradise at the summit of the mountain of Purgatory (Mon. 3.16.7). Bibliography Auerbach, Erich. “Figura.” In Scenes from the Drama of European Literature. New York: Meridian, 1959, pp. 11–76. First published in German in Neue Dantestudien (Istanbul), 1944, pp. 11–71. Beer, Jeanette. A
contention that happiness is the highest realizable good. Such a process, he notes ﬁnally, is the same way that precious stones receive power from the heavenly bodies. Thus by appealing to the four causes, Dante demonstrates to his mind the integral harmony between God and the cosmos. Bibliography The Book of Causes. Translated by Dennis J. Brand. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 1984. Courtenay, William J. Covenant and Causality in Medieval Thought. London: Variorum Reprints, 1984. Gilson,
Anagni—who placed him in custody in the nearby castle of Fumone, where he died of natural causes a year later (May 19, 1296). He was buried in the Church of S. Maria di Collemaggio in L’Aquila. Through the efforts of his brethern, some Spirituals, and the French enemies of Boniface VIII, he was canonized on May 5, 1313, by Pope Clement V, but his name was canceled from the ofﬁcial calendar of saints of the Roman Church in 1969 because he had been venerated only locally in his Abruzzi homeland.
theological studies allied Dante to the wide spectrum of the city’s “intelligentsia.” They also held out to him the promise that he might excel in public life. From this point of view, in 1294, there was an event that ranked as most important. In March of that year Charles Martel, titular king of Hungary and son to Charles II of Anjou, passed through Florence, where he was to meet his father, who was returning to Naples. The Dominican Remigio de’ Girolami welcomed him ofﬁcially to the city.
“rebirth of drama” at the beginning of the Cinquecento); seven “satires” of obvious Horatian derivation; and, of course, the long chivalric poem for which he is best known— and which became the most widely circulated literary work in sixteenth-century Europe: Orlando furioso. Although he makes no explicit mention of Dante in any extant writings, Ariosto certainly ranks with Machiavelli as one of the “High Renaissance” authors most fascinated and inﬂuenced by him. In his capitoli, and especially