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Relying on classical (pagan) mythology and Christian imagery and theology, Dante imagines diverse vivid and inventive punishments for the various sinners he encounters, which have become part of the Western imagination.
Upon their approach to Paradiso, which as a pagan, no matter how worthy, the Latin poet cannot enter, Virgil relinquishes his role as guide to Beatrice. Dante's chaste beloved accompanies him along the ascent, as they encounter the blessed and the holy, and Dante arrives at a vision of the heavenly paradise.
Unabridged MP3-CD; approximately 15 hours; 2 MP3-CDs; read by Heathcote Williams and John Shrapnel.
Vendor: Naxos on Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: 2016
Dante's vision, The Divine Comedy, has profoundly affected every generation since it first appeared in the early fourteenth century. The box set contains the trilogy of The Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise, plus a biography of Dante—A Life of Dante—which puts the very personal nature of his poetry into perspective.