Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 11: ODERISI


attributed to Meliacin Master [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons [sample illustration from an illuminated manuscript]




One’s works quickly fade

Excessive pride is a sin

Others are better


NOTE: Oderisi created illustrations for illuminated manuscripts. He was very good, but he acknowledges that someone has come along who is better than he was. Over and over, we see that someone is good, but someone else comes along who is better. The ancient philosopher Aristotle believed that virtue lay in the mean between extremes. One can have proper pride, but having too much pride is not virtuous, and having too little pride is not virtuous.




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