The Divine Comedy by Dante, Illustrated, Purgatory, Complete

The Divine Comedy by Dante, Illustrated, Purgatory, Complete

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... of the Eastern and Western Empires at the death of Theodosius. The division is figured by the fork, l. 106. 108. chosen iron. Iron, without admixture of any other metal, symbolizing the wars which form nearly the whole of the history of Dante's own age. See Ovid, Metam. i, 127 ff. 109. baked clay. The clay foot, on which the figure chiefly rests, denotes the vile and fragile basis on which both the ecclesiastical and political institutions of the time were founded. It may, perhaps, also indicate that the end of all things is at hand, especially as, to Dante, the last hope of the strong, triumphant Roman Empire seemed to be extinguished with the Hohenstaufen. 112. dripping with tears. The tears figure the sorrows of mankind caused by their sins, which have marked the successive ages of decline. None flow from the head, for the golden age was one of innocence and happiness. 113. a passage make. The tears make a passage through that cavern where the image is. 114. this valley. Hell. 114, 115. Acheron, Styx, Phlegethon. There is but one river bearing different names at different parts of its course. 118. Cocytus. The frozen lake at the bottom of the abyss. 120. If thus the present rill, etc. Dante's question is: "If this stream which we see has flowed all the way down through Hell from the upper world, how happens it that we have not met with it before?" Vergil's answer is, in effect, that although they have descended through six circles and have kept moving toward the left, they have not gone around the entire circumference of Hell; the implication being that the stream, though passing through the circles above, did not pass through any section of the circles which they had visited. In the seventh circle, Dante had already seen and crossed...
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