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The Divine Comedy

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Dante's epic poem has influenced not only literature and common vernacular, but also our popular visions of the afterlife. Led by Virgil, the poet moves through the circles of the Inferno, up the mountain of Purgatory, and finally to the Earthly Paradise. Translated by Charles Sisson. Introduction, note on translation, bibliography, explanatory notes, maps, diagrams, and plan included.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 752
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 0199535647
ISBN-13: 9780199535644
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This single volume, blank verse translation of The Divine Comedy includes an introduction, maps of Dante's Italy, Hell, Purgatory, Geocentric Universe, and political panorama of the thirteenth and early fourteenth century, diagrams and notes providing the reader with invaluable guidance. Described as the "fifth gospel" because of its evangelical purpose, this spiritual autobiography creates a world in which reason and faith have transformed moral and social chaos into order. It is one of the most important works in the literature of Western Europe and is considered the greatest poem of the European Middle Ages.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Charles H. Sisson is a well-known poet and translator, and editor of Poetry Nation Review. David Higgins is Head of Italian Studies at the University of Bristol, and is the author of Dante and the Bible (1992).

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