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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 19 Retelling — Jupiter — Symbolic Eagle

Chapter 19: Jupiter — Symbolic Eagle Before Dante’s eyes was the figure of the Eagle, a figure that was formed by the joyful souls of the just. Each soul of the just was like a ruby through which a ray … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 18 Retelling — Jupiter — Lovers of Justice

Chapter 18: Jupiter — Lovers of Justice Cacciaguida was happy because he knew that Dante would eventually write The Divine Comedy. Dante was silent for a while as he thought about the exile awaited him. Beatrice said to Dante, “Think … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 17 Retelling — Cacciaguida’s Prophecy

Chapter 17: Mars — Cacciaguida’s Prophecy Phaëthon had heard rumors that he was the son of Apollo, and he went to Apollo to see if the rumors were true. Apollo assured him that the rumors were true, but Phaëthon demanded … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 16 Retelling — Mars — Cacciaguida’s Florence

Chapter 16: Mars — Cacciaguida’s Florence Dante the Poet thought, Having pride in the noble blood of ancestors is trivial, but I will no longer be amazed that men on Earth take pride in the noble blood of ancestors. After … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 15 Retelling — Mars — Cacciaguida

Chapter 15: Mars — Cacciaguida The love of others — caritas — has an opposite: self-serving love. Caritas is always magnanimous, and self-serving love always leads to inequity. These souls who appeared on Mars have the love that loves others, … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 14 Retelling — Sun — Solomon; Mars — Symbolic Cross

Chapter 14: Sun — Solomon; Mars — Symbolic Cross When Thomas Aquinas spoke in his circle of souls, words rippled inward to the center, where Dante and Beatrice stood. Now Beatrice spoke, and words rippled outward to the circles of … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 13 Retelling — Saint Thomas Aquinas Discusses Solomon

Chapter 13: Sun — Saint Thomas Aquinas Discusses Solomon To imagine what Dante saw next, think of the 15 brightest stars in the night sky. Now think of the seven stars that make up the Big Dipper. That makes 22 … Continue reading

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