Alighieri, Dante; Cary, Rev. H.F.
Title The Vision; or, Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, of Dante Alighieri
Binding Hard Cover
Book Condition Near Fine
Jacket Condition No Jacket
Publisher Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. 1814
Seller ID 2261378
No date, circa 1880. Endpapers faintly foxed. 1814 Hard Cover. x, 452 pp. The Divine Comedy (Italian: Divina Commedia) is a long narrative poem by Dante Alighieri, begun c. 1308 and completed in 1320, a year before his death in 1321. It is widely considered the preeminent work in Italian literature and one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem's imaginative vision of the afterlife is representative of the medieval world-view as it had developed in the Western Church by the 14th century. It helped establish the Tuscan language, in which it is written, as the standardized Italian language. It is divided into three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The narrative describes Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise or Heaven, while allegorically the poem represents the soul's journey towards God. Dante draws on medieval Christian theology and philosophy, especially Thomistic philosophy and the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas. Consequently, the Divine Comedy has been called the Summa in verse. The work was originally simply titled Comedža and the word Divina was added by Giovanni Boccaccio. The first printed edition to add the word divina to the title was that of the Venetian humanist Lodovico Dolce, published in 1555 by Gabriele Giolito de' Ferrari.