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Vivian Lee Reach: A Choreographer’s Voyage Within Dante’s Inferno

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Dante’s Inferno: Canto 34 Retelling — The Ultimate Evil

Chapter 34: The Ultimate Evil Virgil said to Dante, “Vexilla regis prodeunt Inferni,” which means, “The banners of the king of the Inferno advance.” Dante looked, and he saw what seemed to be a huge windmill in the distance. Coming … Continue reading

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Dante’s Inferno: Canto 33 Retelling — Tolomea (Ugolino and Ruggieri)

Chapter 33: Tolomea (Ugolino and Ruggieri) I know the story of these two sinners, Virgil thought. They are Ugolino and Ruggieri. Ugolino is Ugolino della Gherardesca, the Count of Donortico, and he is a Ghibelline. Ruggieri is Archbishop Ruggieri degli … Continue reading

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Dante’s Inferno: Canto 32 Retelling — Caina and Antenora

Chapter 32: Caina and Antenora Here we are at the bottom of the Inferno, Virgil thought. This is where the worst of the worst are punished. The ninth Circle is divided into four rings. Each ring punishes one kind of … Continue reading

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Dante’s Inferno: Canto 31 Retelling — Towering Giants

Chapter 31: Towering Giants Virgil had at first made Dante feel ashamed, but his next words eased Dante’s pain, just as Achilles’ lance, which he had received from his father, was reputed to injure — and to heal the injury … Continue reading

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Dante’s Inferno: Canto 30 Retelling — The Falsifiers (Evil Impersonators, Counterfeiters, and Liars)

Chapter 30: The Falsifiers (Evil Impersonators, Counterfeiters, and Liars) The ancient world knew what insanity was. Juno, the wife of Jupiter, was often jealous, for her husband often gave her good reason to be often jealous. His affairs with other … Continue reading

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Dante’s Inferno: Canto 29 Retelling —The Falsifiers (Alchemists)

Chapter 29: The Falsifiers (Alchemists) Dante kept looking at the sinners in the ninth bolgia, and Virgil said to him, “Why do you keep staring at these sinners more than you looked at other sinners? This Circle is 22 miles … Continue reading

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